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I can outline the goal but not exactly how it would be
done. The goal is to take a book that would normally
say 10 hours to read and cut it down to 2 hours.
I don't know how they used to do shorthand, or how
courtroom stenographers did it with those little
but this would
be the audio equivalent.
So let's take Moby Dick's first line. I'll give it a shot:
''Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long
precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and
nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I
would sail about a little and see the watery part of the
world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and
Now read at 2 times speed:
"I'm Ishmael, years ago broke, bored thought I'd sail
the world for adventure."
I have no idea what driving off the spleen and regulating
circulation means so I'd probably leave that out.
So I timed the first reading, regular speed: 16 seconds.
Shortspeak (the verbal equivalent of shorthand) at 2x
speed: about 3 seconds.
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[pertinax, Jul 14 2021]
||I think this has already been done.
||Readers Digest abridged books. Synopses. etc.
||There is a kind of genius to this. I had once been intent on finding automatic abstractors, but a better approach might be a tool which simplifies and shortens all of the sentences.
||I have been searching but I cannot find, an idea on here where a text was given both a compressed version (as you suggest here) and also a bloated version (with additional padding words and clauses)
||You should sell that condensed version to Reader's Digest.
||I read something years ago, about a competition doing just
this to find/create the most condensed version of the lord's
The winner: "Pa, ta."
||Anybody else try to swipe that random comma off of their screen thinking it was dirt?
||As for the idea... I guess;
||It reminds me of the famous Amsterdam fly (link).
||Whoa, just noticed the comma. Does look like a
speck on the screen. Not sure how it got there, think
I'll leave it.