Man invents ingenious device allowing you to tune out of conference calls … and get away with it

It’s the stuff of an office worker’s dreams: a machine that allows you to entirely tune out of tedious conference phone calls while still seeming to pay attention. And thanks to one computer genius, it may have just become a reality. Josh Newlan, a 31-year-old Californian living in Shanghai, has written a piece of software called ‘Say What’, which lets him know whenever his name is said in the conference. Is Newlan’s device the ultimate office hack? Credit: Alamy Listening via his computer’s microphone, Newlan’s device combines an open source speech recognition program and an IBM transcription server to take minutes during the meetings. Then, whenever ‘Josh’ is said, Newlan receives a transcript of the 30 seconds prior and few seconds after his name was called. At that point, Newlan has…


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