I picture a ne’er-do-well hobbit, probably an associate of Ted Sandyman’s, who is seldom seen, but is believed to be the source of much unexplained mischief at St Catharine’s College. He goes by the name of ‘Slippery’ Underfoot…
This morning I composed a longish message to my nephew, James, by dictating to my watch – a procedure that worked beautifully. There then followed a brief discussion on the quality of speech recognition. I turned to my Mac – because, of course, iMessage conversations are synchronised across all devices – and I continued dictating. “It’s good in a quiet location with a good network connection!”
Sadly, this time, I did not enunciate the first couple of words quite so clearly, and the Mac cheerfully recorded, “Screwed in a quiet location with a good network connection!”.
Which might have conjured up all sorts of interesting images at the other end.
Still, I guess that’s just what they call ‘social networking’.
Now, had I instead sent the message, “It’s god in a quiet location with a good network connection!”, it would still have been amusing, but understandable, in these days of careless typists and small keyboards. It’s something we’ve adapted to, like illegible writing in the past. But, as I have a rapidly dwindling number of electronic devices in the house that do not at least claim to understand speech, I wonder when our ability to understand speakos will become as well-developed as our ability to interpret typos…
Came across this a while ago – not sure of the origin….
Just thinking about one of my favourite Dilbert cartoons.
There are two interesting articles which I’m listing together here, even though they have nothing really in common beyond being published – ahem – yesterday.
The first is from The National Trust. Daylight savings time has always struck me as a ridiculous nuisance, and this is a timely reminder that our ancestors were spared such foolishness.
On the other hand, it now seems possible that they did have other, rather more serious problems to contend with, according to this paper published by Nature, which highlights a perhaps unexpected likely consequence of global warming.
BBC Radio 4, poking a bit of fun at itself. Very nicely done.
(This will probably be completely meaningless to anyone who hasn’t spent significant amounts of time in the UK in the last 60 years. Of course, The Archers does include some important news stories occasionally…)
Many thanks to Tom Standage for the link.
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