Andy Law (Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk) wrote:
: Ashok wrote,
: > Joseph Strout wrote a small but neat application (gattaca) using
: > his SimpleSpeechRecognition C++ module (SimpleSR) that makes
: > verbal sequence entry fairly fast and very accurate. It was
: > just what we were looking for.
Not nearly as fast as typing, nor nearly as accurate. I fail to see
how speech recognition can be an improvement over typing for this
simple application. In general, using speech recognition as the
user/computer interface might have short-term benefits, but will lead
to inefficiency in the long term unless there are concomitant quantum
leaps in operating system sophistication.
A little parable, possibly apocryphal, may be relevant here:
During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, NASA decided it needed
a ball point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space
capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut
Pen was developed at a cost of $US 1 million. The pen worked and also
enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth. The
Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.
(borrowed from a sig)
: Can you post a pointer to this program, please. It sounds like it could be
: useful to a lot of people.
If the future is a lab full of people nattering away to their computers,
include me out!
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