I was at a friend's place last night, and we discovered that his Windows 7 laptop has speech recognition built into the operating system.
In itself, this isn't new. I believe Windows XP had this capability available, and Apple OS X has always had voice recognition at least for navigation, if not for dictation. And voice dictation was built into OS/2 Warp 4 in 1996, although it was pretty unreliable and needed a top-of-the line PC of the day to operate.
It surprised me that 15 years later, although you no longer need a bleeding-edge computer to use it, the technology doesn't seem to have gotten much better.
After getting a little frustrated trying to use the software to do something vaguely real-world (e.g. dictating a letter), we decided to have some fun and sing to the computer. This was much more fun, because we could basically just sing the lyrics naturally and not worry too much about being understood.
Here is the gobbledygook that came out of crooning 10 songs into the mike. Some of them are more obvious than others, to say the least. Can you guess what each song was? (Hint: Say the sounds out loud and listen for recognizable patterns, rather than concentrating too hard on the actual words on the screen.)
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Have fun. I'll post the answers in a couple of days.