You Ask, I Answer: Privacy-Friendly AI Transcription Software?

You Ask, I Answer: Privacy-Friendly AI Transcription Software?

In today’s episode, I address concerns around AI transcription and data privacy. For confidential meetings, use open-source tools like Whisper that run locally. While convenient, sending audio to cloud services risks exposing sensitive information. Join me as we explore ways to get AI-powered transcripts without compromising privacy or security.

You Ask, I Answer: Privacy-Friendly AI Transcription Software?

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Today’s episode of you ask I answer was recorded in front of a live studio audience at the digital now conference in Denver, Colorado, in November 2023.

The session title was appropriately you ask I answer live generative AI q&a.


Related to what you were just thinking about, I work for a legal association.

And there’s been conversations around potentially taking some legal treatises and creating AI tools around that where, you know, this particular bot knows this book inside and out.

But something that stung on me based on the keynote earlier is well, then we’re taking copyrighted information, and then we’re putting it in a format that can that no longer is protected by copyright.

So I’m curious about the implications of that.

Okay, so I am not a lawyer, I cannot give legal advice.

I’m going to start with that disclosure.

My one of my lawyers said that a machine a purely machine generated piece of content that cannot be copyrighted.

But an existing piece of content that you put in that has copyright, what comes out after the machine is worked on is considered would be considered under the law a derivative work.

And derivative works retain copyright.

So if right now I’m recording this thing, I have all these microphones strapped to me, I look great.

I can take the transcript from this, which is my words, my original words, which has copyright, because I’m making it right now.

And it can take the transcript, dump it into this thing, and I was gonna say guy, but it’s not a guy and spit out a summary that summary is a derivative work of the original copyright protected work.

I don’t know, and I’ll have to ask my lawyer, if that has been tested in court yet.

But it looks like there’s precedent for something like that.

So anything where you’re putting in a human led work to begin with, and what comes out is is a derivative of that retains the human led copyright.


I have a question about some of the recordings AI that’s out there like Otter, Doom has its own thing now.

Because I think that would be really helpful for like our board meetings, specifically a point we have a person that like, right now is like shantyping everything quite furiously and smoke comes off of our people.


But I think our hesitation in leveraging something like that is kind of a privacy thing because in board meetings, you do talk about things that are tricky at times.

And help me feel better about that.

And also Claude is absolutely a guy.

He’s my boyfriend, and I love him dearly.

This is an open source application called whisper.

It uses open AI as models.

To get it set up requires a little bit of technical elbow grease.

But this runs on your laptop.

So you feed the audio to it on your laptop, it produces transcript on your laptop, the data never goes anywhere.


So that would be my suggestion.

If you like, I would use this for medical data, because I would never want that data going to anyone else for any reason.

And then the transcripts get produced, they just live on your desktop.

Let’s see if I can find a folder here.

Yeah, there’s my grab folder.

So it spits out.

This is what I use for like YouTube videos, I just have a I dropped a YouTube URL, and it spits out the transcript.

And the other advantage of this is because it’s a desktop application, again, take some set it up, elbow grease to set it up, it’s free.

So you can transcribe as much as you want and not pay a bill for it.

Whereas all the other services, they either charge you per minute or charge you per hour or charge you for for something.

This is this runs locally.

Will it do like zoom or team meetings as well as live meetings or just…

If you have the audio, if you have audio, you’ll need to convert it to the format that it requires, which is a fairly common format.

There’s a free utility to do that too.

And then you’re off to the races.

Other questions? Random answer 42.


Thank you.

Thank you.

You know, obviously, we’ve heard a lot of, you know, get data out of chat, then have a person that yes, then utilize.

I think most of the society won’t follow that philosophy.

Black Hat websites.

Are we potentially going down a path where two years from now, we almost had a game of telephone where there’s bad AI created content everywhere? We have that now.

We have that now.

In fact, there was an election in, I want to say Serbia earlier this year, where the campaign was so rife with AI generated misinformation, that nobody knew what to believe.

Most of what was being shared on social media was not either of the candidates and stuff.

And so that the election itself is in question because no one can tell what was actually truthful or not.

And both candidates like that, I didn’t say that.

And obviously, there’s so yeah, there’s this, there are substantial risks to AI around our ability to understand what’s true.

And part of part of our challenges in society that I’m not super optimistic about, is that to discern what’s true or not requires critical thinking and requires overcoming emotional bias.

When we see content that agrees with our point of view, we will believe it whether or not it’s true, because we agree with it.

And a lot of it has to do with what’s happened with marketing in the last 15 years.

Political marketers figured out that if you bind political position to identity, to someone’s identity, you cement that person’s loyalty, because now an attack on their position is attack on that person, and you’re never going to change their mind.

So that’s kind of where we are right now.

And I don’t see that getting better, because I feel like we have less critical thinking than ever.

And that’s kind of a short falling of education.

But that’s been a problem for 50 some odd years, really, since you start to see people with very strong agendas start to influence local boards of education in the 80s.

And that has had a deleterious effect on the education system as a whole.

And boy was that a rattle.


But the short answer is, it’s going to get worse before it gets better if it gets better at all.

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