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||This puts me in mind of the old time Thesis Raisings, where all the students in the community would gather together for a weekend of food, singing, and dancing, and at the end of the weekend one of the students would have a thesis completed by the cooperation of the community.
||Baked. Done at my school... when I wasn't homeschooled, that is.
||Can you tell I'm a child of the spell
checker age? Heh.
||[jscottpete]: Speech / thought
recognition is of
course inevitable but we are many years
from the place where typing will no
longer be a needed skill:
||1) There will be a long period where
speech recognition is reliable and
widely used but not universal.
||2) Some things, like computer
programing, require a precision that is
hard to acheve in speech. Sure, once
the computers are smart enough, they
will formulate the low-level routines
themselves and human programmers
will concentrate on high-level
programing - but that is a long way off.
||3) Voice recognition is not practical in
public spaces. Imagine a college
computer lab or office cube farm with
hundreds of SPEAKING users. Of course
you could link it with a cone-of-silence
type device (too lazy to search for HB
solutions, I'm sure someone will chime
up with a link). Also imagine trying to
use your compact super-laptop on a
bus - speaking to your computer would
likely be more frowned on than loud
cell-phone use today.
||4) Of course, remember privacy - it's
tough to overhear typing.
||5) As children grow up immersed,
typing will become faster and faster
||I will be first in line for the mind-
reading computer interface... well once
it's past the FDA anyway. I'll also cheer
on my future children as they QWERTY
their way to academic fame!
||Ghillie, I'm interested in the degree of
what your school did. I'd like to see
competition between schools and on a
national level, like what happens now
with spelling bees.