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MacRumors
Jan 4, 2013, 01:37 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/google_android_logos.jpgA bug in Google's text-to-speech engine is causing Google Now (http://www.google.com/landing/now/) and Google Translate (http://translate.google.com) to interject the phrase "he now praises the iPad" into sentences that end using phrases such as "end with," "enraged with," and "filled with."

The mysterious phrasing, which first came about in October 2012 on the Android support page (https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=38538), was publicized by Hacker News (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5005104) last night, resulting in some hilarious sentences.

One altered spoken sentence (http://translate.google.com.mx/?hl=en#auto/en/Larry%20Page%20used%20to%20use%20an%20Android.%20But%20that%20is%20now%20at%20an%20end%20with), for example reads, "Larry Page used to use an Android. But that is now at an end, he now praises the iPad."

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This bug can be easily reproduced using Google Translate (http://translate.google.com). Type any sentence, end it with one of the key words, and the text-to-speech option on the site will add "he now praises the iPad" to the sentence.

There's no word on why this phrasing exists in the code, but Hacker News speculates that it is an error in the algorithm. The original sentence came from a MacNN article posted in 2011 (http://www.macnn.com/articles/11/12/01/surprised.that.readers.willingly.share.data/), quoting Hearst Magazine president David Carey: "Describing the negotiations last spring as being filled with 'so much drama,' he now praises the iPad."

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Theoretically, Google's algorithm improperly incorporated this sentence, causing the bug. Thus far, Google has not resolved the problem, so for the time being, Google Now and Google Translate can still be used to create humorous sentences.

Article Link: Google's Text-to-Speech Engine Praises Apple's iPad (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/04/googles-text-to-speech-engine-praises-apples-ipad/)



apfeljonas
Jan 4, 2013, 01:44 PM
I don't want this to be resolved cause it is hilarious! :D:cool:

DaveN
Jan 4, 2013, 01:46 PM
Roflmao

Avatarshark
Jan 4, 2013, 01:48 PM
Cue in Samsung ad.

Edit: Use "hard with" to activate the bug

Edit2: ok, it is with combination, you got to play around with the words.

OldSchoolMacGuy
Jan 4, 2013, 01:55 PM
Funny.

ThunderSkunk
Jan 4, 2013, 01:56 PM
Disgruntled programmers unite!

Ichabod.
Jan 4, 2013, 01:57 PM
Haha, how entertaining.

Keerock
Jan 4, 2013, 02:00 PM
They removed text to speech already.

MacRumorUser
Jan 4, 2013, 02:08 PM
Siri has become self aware and she's out taking revenge ;)

Radio
Jan 4, 2013, 02:08 PM
I only wish Siri would work so well :(

DaveN
Jan 4, 2013, 02:16 PM
Translategate... Lets see if fandroids demand an apology from Google because Google isn't praising an Android product!

StarDal
Jan 4, 2013, 02:16 PM
They removed text to speech already.

Still working for me.

gorskiegangsta
Jan 4, 2013, 02:16 PM
No way it's a bug. It's an intentional dig against Apple

EDIT: I think it was supposed to be an intentional dig against Apple in some key phrases (e.g. Larry Page fell and hit his head so hard, he now praises the iPad), but it got out of hand :D

Formul
Jan 4, 2013, 02:18 PM
No way it's a bug. It's an intentional dig against Apple

sounds more like a free advertising :-)

gorskiegangsta
Jan 4, 2013, 02:25 PM
sounds more like a free advertising :-)

Considering the volume of people using Google's services daily, it may be the most effective advertisement.

I kind-of wish it happened before the holidays :p

extricated
Jan 4, 2013, 02:32 PM
A mole is working at Google.
Pretty darn funny.

MsQueen
Jan 4, 2013, 02:33 PM
Too awesome. A bug you're in no hurry to have fixed.

Rocketman
Jan 4, 2013, 02:50 PM
Not a bug, an Easter egg. It is programmer tradition.

chiguimania
Jan 4, 2013, 03:21 PM
That's not a bug, thats a feature to remind Android users that the iPad rules :D LOL

brayhite
Jan 4, 2013, 03:25 PM
lesson learned: submit a tip, don't start a thread.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1519350

olowott
Jan 4, 2013, 03:32 PM
:D:D:D

lmao still unbelievable.

milo
Jan 4, 2013, 03:43 PM
So weird. I just tried it and it added "so much drama, he now praises the ipad".

If text to speech is not working, it may be because of Click2Flash or some other flash blocker.

Keerock
Jan 4, 2013, 03:57 PM
So weird. I just tried it and it added "so much drama, he now praises the ipad".

If text to speech is not working, it may be because of Click2Flash or some other flash blocker.

Aha! Thanks

cheesyappleuser
Jan 4, 2013, 04:06 PM
Ahahahahaha

foobardux
Jan 4, 2013, 04:20 PM
Interesting that none notice the .com.mx topdomain and that you are not logged in to google at that site. It's just all fake.

dysamoria
Jan 4, 2013, 04:28 PM
This still works for me in Google Translate on iPhone: "Bill Gates hates Windows RT so hard with" (he now praises the iPad).

milo
Jan 4, 2013, 04:32 PM
Interesting that none notice the .com.mx topdomain and that you are not logged in to google at that site. It's just all fake.

Nope. Not sure why the .mx is on that one link, but removing it still works. Try it yourself, navigate from the main google site and you'll hear it, bizarre but very real.

BornAgainApple
Jan 4, 2013, 04:37 PM
This brings a :) to my face

milo
Jan 4, 2013, 04:42 PM
Somebody found another one, the word "condemned" is expanded to "condemned the attacks in this". Looks like they used some news stories for development or testing and some bits somehow got stuck in the software.

http://translate.google.com/#en/en/condemned%20filled%20with

dona83
Jan 4, 2013, 04:59 PM
"He was courting her so hard, he now praises the iPad."

A clean version of what made me go lmao.

dysamoria
Jan 4, 2013, 05:03 PM
Interestingly, the voice simulates taking a breath before the "bug phrase" but not at commas.

deannnnn
Jan 4, 2013, 05:08 PM
Is it April Fools already?

JTToft
Jan 4, 2013, 05:26 PM
The bug doesn't show up here. Could it be a difference between the American English and the British English voice? If so, how does one enable the American English one?

dustinsc
Jan 4, 2013, 06:53 PM
Nope. Not sure why the .mx is on that one link, but removing it still works. Try it yourself, navigate from the main google site and you'll hear it, bizarre but very real.

.mx is just the ending for Mexican web sites. So, the site you're looking at is just Google Mexico.

macs4nw
Jan 4, 2013, 08:58 PM
Siri has become self aware and she's out taking revenge ;)

Haven't laughed this hard all day!! Thanks GOOGLE!!

Translategate... Lets see if fandroids demand an apology from Google because Google isn't praising an Android product!

As in demanding equal opportunity free advertising?

To TIM: Merry belated Christmas, and wishing you a happy, healthy and iPad-filled year, from Larry and Sergey; Eric is still too pissed to sign this card, but he'll come around....

Solomani
Jan 5, 2013, 12:08 AM
http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/images/4/2011/11/2f00975122c4ee887f4712734c7024e4.jpg

Google senior executive Eric Schmidt went to North Korea to meet with the leaders of the rogue communist nation, but his trip ended in disaster; detained in a prison near Pyongyang, he now praises the iPad.

Lil Chillbil
Jan 5, 2013, 12:15 AM
google is praising its competitor :eek:

Solomani
Jan 5, 2013, 05:22 AM
A mole is working at Google.
Pretty darn funny.

Not surprising. Many Google employees love their Apple products.

Kinda like we already know there are a good deal of Microsoft employees who love their Apple gadgets, and yet they still risk the ire and wrath of Microsoft Management when they still smuggle their Apple products to work.

shandyman
Jan 5, 2013, 07:07 AM
not working here in the UK in the browser or the google translate app on iphone :(

bbeagle
Jan 5, 2013, 11:41 AM
Epic Fail. This spells the end for Google. Google is doomed.


Only writing this as a joke because this is the exact thing many iHaters on this board would write if this was an Apple bug. But since it was a Google bug, none of the iHaters are attacking Google. It's simply 'funny'

Tucom
Jan 5, 2013, 12:00 PM
I POSTED ABOUT THIS INITIALLY!


Thanks for the shoutout MacRumors :rolleyes:


See my post: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1519774

shandyman
Jan 5, 2013, 12:57 PM
I POSTED ABOUT THIS INITIALLY!


Thanks for the shoutout MacRumors :rolleyes:


See my post: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1519774

Actually, you were beaten by this person below, who also pointed out in this thread they made a thread prior to macrumors article...

lesson learned: submit a tip, don't start a thread.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1519350

ThunderSkunk
Jan 5, 2013, 01:04 PM
Actually, you were beaten by this person below, who also pointed out in this thread they made a thread prior to macrumors article...

Also, nobody cares.

shandyman
Jan 5, 2013, 01:09 PM
Also, nobody cares.

You cared enough to comment :p lol

Memo86
Jan 5, 2013, 01:14 PM
Interesting that none notice the .com.mx topdomain and that you are not logged in to google at that site. It's just all fake.

Not fake at all, that's just google Mexico.

KdParker
Jan 5, 2013, 01:45 PM
That is a crazy 'bug'. Almost seems deliberate.

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A mole is working at Google.
Pretty darn funny.

right....that is what I though too.

el-John-o
Jan 5, 2013, 02:09 PM
Ever hear of viral advertising? Maybe it's just a silly intentional bug to get people interested and to try Google's text to speech!

Morshu9001
Jan 5, 2013, 05:37 PM
Reminds me of MS Sam saying "crow's nest" instead of "crotch" and "swa" instead of "soy".

the8thark
Jan 6, 2013, 12:48 AM
Also, nobody cares.
Wrong, People care just not you. And just not the MacRumors staff most times.

theanimaster
Jan 6, 2013, 06:03 AM
Seems fixed now.

On another note, I just realised how much better Google's voice is to Siri.

Apple really bungled big time.

If anything, this little publicity stunt will have iPhone and Mac users realising how crappy Siri is now... if they hadn't already.

ConCat
Jan 6, 2013, 05:17 PM
Seems fixed now.

On another note, I just realised how much better Google's voice is to Siri.

Apple really bungled big time.

If anything, this little publicity stunt will have iPhone and Mac users realising how crappy Siri is now... if they hadn't already.

The voice they use for Google Translate wasn't always that good. They must have improved it at some point.

Mr. Retrofire
Jan 6, 2013, 08:12 PM
"After he was done with her, she was filled with..."
"...he now praises the iPad."

;-)

milo
Jan 7, 2013, 09:37 AM
Seems partly fixed, some phrases are still wrong.

"filled with" gives "filled ad"

"something filled with" gives "something filled with so much drama with. Looks like it only does it with an "ing" word before filled.

I'm surprised they're having such a hard time fixing it, and I wonder how much longer there will be combinations that slip through the cracks.