Artificial intelligence is a blessing.

Because it is by no means always just a job robber, but is used again and again where far too few people work anyway, for the most mega-boring of all activities.

It's the same in journalism.

Our friendly helper is called Amber (actually Amberscript, but we can imagine Amber as a more helpful colleague).

So Amber is a transcription software that can convert audio files into written text.


Nadine Bos

Editor in business, responsible for "Career and Opportunity".

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Amber keeps us from getting writer's cramps during interviews.

Today we just press the voice recording on the cell phone and lean back and relax.

Of course, we also had the opportunity to make sound recordings in the past.

But have you ever typed an hour and a half interview?


Be happy!

Forget it, Amber makes up for all the writer's cramps and lame typing hours with her absolutely hilarious misunderstandings.

Would you like a taste?

"It's really a nice group," said the interlocutor.

Amber understood (did she have any wishful thinking?): "That's a really nice man." "I'm thinking about it" quickly became "Belgrade".

The interviewee then said: "Well, I mean: Sure!" Amber made it.

"Well, I mean: shut up!"

A boat?

No, a village!

It continues cheerfully: Amber turns “China” into a “machine” (well, somehow similar).

It may well be that the childcare options on a “boat” are not that good.

However, it was about a “village”.

And when Amber writes about "crowns", she means "corona".

People then sometimes work from the "object" (no, Amber, from the "home office").

It's really stupid at the point when "away" becomes "on site".

That's just the opposite.

Basically, Amber has problems with names.

A journalist friend of mine recently complained that the program turned “Anja Gentrup” into “Agent Rupp”.

"Thomas Pache" called her "Apache", but sometimes also "Mr. Pastor".

And if you hope that Amber is at least fit in the polite phrases, you will be taught better by the end of the interview at the latest.

After my conversation with "Anna" she transcribed: "Thank you very much, Frank." Well, who knows: maybe she just finds rhymes nicer.

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