Wednesday, July 06, 2011

More Speech, Recordings on the Web - Helpful, Hateful, Educational?

#vwwt2000 PREDICTION #15 OF 20 from year 2000

Human speech on the Web – recorded or delivered live -- will take a central role in many kinds of education. It will become easy for faculty members and students to add recordings of their own speech to text and other information media. Voice recognition software may dramatically alter human-computer interaction and all related communications/education activities; probably NOT by eliminating keyboards, but by adding another attractive mode for controlling technology and entering and editing text.

Still likely?

In year 2000 I didn't anticipate the VARIETY, AVAILABILITY, and CAPABILITIES of portable/mobile digital devices in 2011. Moore's Law in action!  
THE GOOD NEWS:  Unassisted non-techies can almost produce and publish their own audio and video recordings.  They can also ALMOST manage many devices and produce text using only their own voices.  And the continuing accuracy of Moore's Law promises easier, cheaper, faster, more accurate versions of these tools, with smart phones and iPads leading the way.
THE BAD NEWS:  No matter where you are, no matter what you're doing, someone might record and publish!  See "Sousveillance" "Brin’s corollary to Moore’s Law” Cameras vs. Authority/Privacy?

- 15th of 20 predictions from "A New Vision Worth Working Toward: Connected Education and Collaborative Change," Steven W. Gilbert, 2000-2006, First version published via AAHESGIT listserv January, 2000; PDF of full article
Image: Photo of pigeon with camera strapped to chest.
By Dr Julius Neubronner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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