May 26, 2021

Where will Transcription be in 2030?

Picture this: rows of workstations lining the office, secretaries coming with their shorthand speeches in tow, ready to type them for their bosses. Imagine the keyboard being a coveted piece of technology! Wherever the speech, interaction, etc. occurred, the transcriptionist would be. It wasn’t until the late 60s and 70s that audio was recorded on cassette tapes and sent via mail to reach the transcriptionist.

Now, audio and video files can be sent with just the click of a button, without more than a few seconds lapse. So, while we’ve come a long way from snail mail cassette tapes, the transcription process continues to move forward with automated technology. But where will transcription be in 2030?

The Future of Transcription

It’s no surprise that technology has and continues to change nearly every industry, every facet of life you can think of–and transcription is no exception. If you ask most in the industry, they’ll likely tell you that the future of transcription is all in speech-to-text technology–something we know that is not yet foolproof.

If you look at the job outlook, it appears that there will always be a need for transcriptionists. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, general transcriptionists, and those with versatility in their experience, will have even more job opportunities in the future. This is because industries are investing in their marketing, which often involves speech transcription, coding, translation, etc.

But for those raising the questioning eye — ‘Won’t Automation be able to do it all?’, many argue maybe–but not quite yet.

Challenges To Overcome  

Focus Forward offers very low-cost Automated Transcripts in a perfect marketing research format. Speakers are identified and files are time stamped. Our transcripts look and feel like what researchers have been comfortable using for decades.

For a perfect transcript, it has to be human, and triple-checked by quality assurance. Still, your project may not need a perfect transcript.

  • Great sound quality with a single speaker can be 90% accurate.
  • Sound quality that is very good with 2 speakers will drop that rate to 75%, due to cross talk and not being able to perfectly discern speaker changes.
  • Even with the best sound possible, a group of 8-10 individuals lowers the accuracy to 60%, based on our tests. There will be cross-talk, noise, change of speaker not detected, people who mumble, and more.

There is a real place for Automated Transcripts, and we offer the best. For 2030 to make these transcripts even better, potentially methods to split the stereo file into mono files and isolate the speakers and then reassemble the transcripts will be a significant improvement. If 2030 has cost-effective programs to handle this, automation may become the preferred method, but only time will tell.

Where will transcription be in 2030? Moving Forward with the times!

Transcription isn’t a thing of the past! If anything, it’ll be part of the future! At FFTranscription, we’re moving forward–never backwards–with industry trends to ensure your project needs are met. With AI solutions, our team works to combine the best of both worlds to make sure your transcription files are always 100% triple-proofed for accuracy.

Who knows what will happen in 2030? But what we know for sure is that FFTranscription will be with you, every step of the way! Need assistance? Connect with us today!