[ExI] Voice operated computers

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Mon Feb 7 19:52:57 UTC 2011

On 02/06/2011 02:42 PM, Tom Nowell wrote:
> Spike wrote: " No, I don't think voice operated computers will ever appear in general use. Think about it. What happens when you get a group of people all shouting at their handheld computers? It's bad enough listening to other
> people's mobile phone conversations."

Subvocalization is your friend.  What I don't want is voice output.  
Voice and for that matter, video, is notoriously linear and only capable 
of so much playback speed increase while remaining comprehensible.  I am 
very sad that it is becoming quite popular to make video instead of 
using text for more and more information transfer.  It is not amenable 
to search, indexing or quick scanning.  A step backwards in my view.  I 
read a LOT faster than I process speech.

- s
> You get my workplace when the phones are busy. People call in, and you can hear nothing but several phone conversations at once. Noise doesn't stop the modern office. Also, voice-activated computers currently exist for automated phone lines, more sophisticated ones could replace call centres.
> Finally, thinking how many people were talking to themselves in my local coffee shop this morning (well, maybe they were talking to someone on their mobile phone using hands-free, but I think they're all crazy people sent to annoy me while I go to get a drink) you'll be surprised how much noise and social annoyance people can take.
> Tom
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