Cuss words. Curse words. Swear words. Call them what you want, but the Google Nexus One will simply call them #### if you use them with the voice-to-text input option. Go ahead and try it out: send a text message to a buddy with a bleepedy-bleep here and a zinger of an f-bomb there and you’ll see exactly what we mean.
(image via drooker.com)
The folks at Reuters got the reasoning directly from Google:
“We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent,” said Google.
“Ultimately our goal is to return results that show exactly what you said, and we’re constantly working to improve the technology to better fit our users’ needs,” the statement continued.
There should AT LEAST be an on/off switch for this, don’t you think? Afterall, we know how Google feels about censorship.