This, in my opinion, is up there with the discovery of penicillin and the first moon landing. For most of my career, I spent countless hours transcribing tapes, hitting stop and rewind and stop and rewind as I tried to capture the exact quotes. (Yes, I take notes, but not shorthand, and you need to get it exactly right.)
That said, voice recognition is not yet a perfect science. Earlier this week, I had a long interview with several members of the Yonkers police force. I'm working on an article on opioid addiction. Now I am reviewing the transcript. For your amusement (Lord knows it cracked me up) here are a few of the boo-boos:
"Some narcotics..." = "Summer cottage"
"A paramedic..." = "Apparent nada"
"Narcan" = "Archive"
"They need to get their fix somewhere" = "they need to get that fixed summer"
"Cartel" ="car town."
"Westchester" = "what chefs are"
And MY FAVORITE:
"I could attest to that, having run Narcotics" [dept.] = I could test that bed and bring narcotics."