Category Archives: Speech

Writing, Speaking, and Clarity

It seems to me…. “When a thought takes one’s breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.” ~ Thomas W. Higginson[1]. While I would not credit myself as being a “good” writer, I do consider myself to be a better … Continue reading

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The Inevitability of General AI

It seems to me…. “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.” ~ Vernor Vinge[1]. I have frequently stated my belief that development of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable; that humans … Continue reading

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My Computer Understands Me…

It seems to me… “I’m not dumb.  I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”  ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes. Quite a few years ago, with a freshly-minted bachelor’s degree (Math/Physics), I accepted a position at Boeing in … Continue reading

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End of Computers

It seems to me… “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”  ~ Popular Mechanics, 1949. Computers are following a similar development trajectory to many other preceding devices.  The first clocks were sufficiently large to necessitate installation … Continue reading

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Speech Interface

It seems to me… “Computers are getting smarter all the time.  Scientists tell us that soon they will be able to talk to us.  (And by ‘they’, I mean ‘computers’.  I doubt scientists will ever be able to talk to … Continue reading

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The Future of Writing

It seems to me… Rather than writing using cursives, I tend to print everything using only large or small capital letters.  In this, I’ve noticed, I am not unique.  In spite of being taught the “proper” way to write in … Continue reading

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Gutter English

It seems to me… I’m frequently think of the quote from Alexander Pope, “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread”.  But Shakespeare wrote, “The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a … Continue reading

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