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post #11 of 31 Old 02-22-2008, 11:15 AM
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Yeah, I don't think a non-verbal input method will ever be completely replaced. It's pretty absurd for three reasons...
1. Your voice would be gone after an 8 hr shift of data entry.
2. Can you imagine what an office would be like if everyone was SAYING what they wanted to type? It'd be a madhouse.
3. Confidentiality - I think this is pretty obvious, and others above me have touched on this as well.
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I've got to disagree with Gates. If anything I think society is getting to a point where we no longer like to speak. Text messaging is huge, I know I send more texts than I do make actual calls. If anything I think keyboards should replace speech!! We can all just walk around typing to one another

Seriously, I think the average person prefers typing to speaking. Keyboards aren't going anywhere

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Speech recognition is for lazy people. If you're handicapped, that's something else. But replacing keyboards? Uh, no.

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I'm sorry, but I'd rather have a keyboard any day. A good window manager (read: something tiling) with a number of keyboard shortcuts and you barely need a mouse anymore. Far faster than anything else, including speech recognition.

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I'm sorry, but I'd rather have a keyboard any day. A good window manager (read: something tiling) with a number of keyboard shortcuts and you barely need a mouse anymore. Far faster than anything else, including speech recognition.
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Yeah, I don't think a non-verbal input method will ever be completely replaced. It's pretty absurd for three reasons...
1. Your voice would be gone after an 8 hr shift of data entry.
2. Can you imagine what an office would be like if everyone was SAYING what they wanted to type? It'd be a madhouse.
3. Confidentiality - I think this is pretty obvious, and others above me have touched on this as well.
In addition to this, I still hate touch screens. Unless you wash your hands with rubbing alcohol, the screen always gets muddied up with grease.

As for speech, it might be nice for home automation and such, but I'd find it extremely agitating to talk all day, and slow/"clear" at that.

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I would prefer a keyboard, even if speech recognition would be faster.

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i just recently went to a Gates speech at the University of Waterloo in Canada (only stop in Canada) That was on Thursday. (yesterday) He talked a lot about natural user interface (basically touch and sound) being used a lot in office and home. Not as a PC for all uses like games and stuff, but more for file organizing (like the pictures on the Microsoft surface and such) and a lot with businesses (Having conferences and being able to pull up windows and what not through touch). Gates believes in this technology a lot and said he is willing to put as much time as it takes into it (he said within 10 years but also said that he would try for longer if needed). Also he thinks in the next 10 years entire walls will be LCD screens because they will be incredibly cheap. Which is completely feesable. Look at how fast the prices of LCD screens have come down over the last few years? lol sorry I kinda went off topic, but another off topic point is if anyone has ever seen Gates give a speech, he is quite a funny guy. Also a very good public speaker. Didn't seem to me like the evil man that runs the evil company that lots of people think of him to be.
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Windows 7 is supposed to be making a big bet in touch, and im guessing speech as well. Vista has a rather nifty speech to text feature, i actually used it to write a page for an essay i was making and apart from a few mistakes i had to correct now and then it worked fine. I agree the keyboard will see a "diminished" role - but it will never disappear. Ever.

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