[ExI] hard science

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 20:02:34 UTC 2014

On Mar 6, 2014 7:49 AM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Tangent re hard science:  just when are we going to stop typing?  What
primitive technology, esp. the keyboard (no, Dvorak didn't catch on did
it)!  Surely voice recognition programs are up to speed in many areas

Actually they are not.  Accuracy, and thus speed of input after reviewing
and correcting errors, is lower.  This is especially true when using them
to input things other than natural language (Control-X/C/V, Excel macros or
more involved programming, game/simulator/drone commands, et cetera).

Plus, using them is inherently much louder than with keyboards, which is
impractical enough in most situations where keyboards are used to remove
voice input from serious consideration.  And then there are the many cases
where the keyboard is used to interact with a computer while voice is used
to interact with another human, such as most customer service, where
dual-loading of voice is even less practical.

If you want to move past keyboards, find another channel not already being
used.  Direct neural input is one possibility, but that is waiting on it
getting cheaper, more sensitive, more accurate, and easier to (learn how to
competently) control.
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