Facebook will pay some of its users to record their voices in order to help the company improve its proprietary speech recognition technology…
There’s a lot more to social networks than just cat pictures and petty arguments between sports fans. Behind the UI is a complex set of software, including some very interesting technology to make the systems as cutting-edge as possible. In order to achieve that goal, companies like Facebook must apply vast resources.
Facebook Paying Users for Voice Recordings to Improve its Speech Recognition Technology
Facebook is set to offer a limited group of users compensation for their voice recordings. The announcement comes nearly immediately after the social site, (along with Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft) was caught listening and transcribing users’ voice recordings to improve speech recognition systems without informing them.
The new program is called “Pronunciations” and is part of the company’s Viewpoints market research app. Volunteer candidates will be asked to record the phrase “Hey Portal” and then the first name of a friend from their list of friends — up to ten connections. Participants will have to record each statement two times.
However, the compensation isn’t generous. One set of recordings equals 200 points. Those who reach 1,000 points earn $5 through PayPal.
What’s more, candidates must reside in the US, be at least 18 years old, and have at least 75 Facebook friends.