Good ;point, AnandY. This is a great service for the blind, and also for those who have trouble reading. It's easy to forget that the Internet is dominated by written language. While most commercial sites emphasize visuals, it is still essentially the written word that carries the info.
This is a great project, Cabe, thanks for covering it. What many of us take for granted is such a luxury to many people, and to bring the Internet to people who can't access could really open up a whole new world.
Really Cabe,This is an excellent information which you have conveyed but the voice service which you have mentioned that a customer will call and ask for specific query and a pre recorded answer will be available my question is this that is this service available for specific languages or for varienty of languages or is it available only in english .
Really Cabe , This is an excellent information which you have conveyed thanks alot . I have one query regarding this as you said that customer will call for a query and pre recorded answer will be provided to him is it restricted for some languages or is this service available for multiple languages.
I've often wondered if voice will eventually become the preferred input methodology for the Internet. As computing products shrink to a size that make keyboards too klunky, and as displays grow so small that they're hard to read, it would seem that voice would play a bigger and biger role in the future, even for the literate.
"I've often wondered if voice will eventually become the preferred input methodology for the Internet. ........displays grow so small that they're hard to read, it would seem that voice would play a bigger and biger role in the future, even for the literate."
Charles, I would like to prefer voice as output also. So I can use hands free for surfing and info gathering from net, while engaged with other jobs.
Very appropriate clip, Nancy. It's interesting that the Star Trek writers already foresaw the demise of the keyboard, even back in the days when computer displays used klunky old cathode ray tubes. The computer in that movie clip looks ancient now.
Voice in an input method not. No one seems to want to use it that often. Take "Dragon Naturally Speaking," it has been around for over a decade. I still do not use it. I feel it is easier to just type, then to robotically talk into my computer.
Perhaps voice recognition is still not there. See any smartphone's voice to text option for that one.
Cabe, it's a good idea. I think apart from that there have to be some provisions for audio search and retrieving the information from internet through audio mode. I mean instead of read, users have to able to listen the information in audio format.
...so does Voices do anything to eradicate the root problem, that of illiteracy? i understand that this immediately helps people by giving them special tools to use different internet services, but on the other hand is it just enabling them to maintain the status quo? let's say that Voices matures to the level that illiterate people can now use every internet service just like a literate person could...what's the incentive to learn to read? it's one less reason to break the cycle; they can now do everything online that a literate person could, so why bother to learn to read? what if Voices mandated that to use it a person had to undergo some amount of tutoring, kind of a pay-as-you-go service, but in the form of having to learn to read while using the service? it would seem that takes a step in the ultimate direction, that is of eradicating illiteracy.
is the goal to give the man the fish and feed him for a day, or teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime?.
Ungarata, one of the hats I also wear is that I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and have done so both professionally as a corporate trainer and in church ministries for years. Some of my students have been illiterate or nearly so and in order to function in our community successfully, that need must be addressed. But in remote areas I think we are going back to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I whole-heartedly agree with you that in an ideal world we would address the root problem - but many of these folks are in survival mode which takes up all of their energy. The other problem is that developing this technology is quite admirable, and it can be done remotely. To eradicate illiteracy is also quite admirable, but it would mean having teachers willing to travel to these remote places in order to "teach them to fish." You also need teachers fluent in their language to be able to do so.
You have an excellent thought but I think the logistics are overwhelming...hopefully these kind of improvements such as Voices will allow these folks to move up the pyramid so that they are no longer are just trying to meet physical and safety needs and having the opportunity to learn to read becomes within their reach...so while it may not address the root cause of illiteracy directly, it may be a very important stepping stone towards that goal.
Good point, remove the root problem. However, the infrastructure to do so, apparently, is not there. Often in those areas, needs are immediate. I assume if they need help, they would not want to hear "ok, first lesson in literacy..." As opposed to, "a hospital in in this direction..etc"
Good answer Cabe. This type of technology also gives immediate access to the information in question. Even with the infrastructure in place, it would take years for a single person to be literate enough for these topics. In addition, we are also talking about cultures that have a verbal background. In the US, literacy is part of the predominant culture. Most people who are illiterate, recognize the fact that they are missing something. That is not necessarily true in all parts of the world.
Literacy aside, I think the goal is to give people access to information. How fast it can be processed by the person in irrelevant. Perhaps though information immersion, some literacy would be gained. Like living in a country you do not know the language... you pick a little up.
Nancy-- Well said, I agree completely. I can certainly see a great need for the technology in remote and desolate locations such as Cabe described in his post and feel it is definitely a plus relative to those illiterate. I will also have to say that in times past I have been involved with Prison Ministries and found a great percentage of inmates who are functionally illiterate. It always baffles me as to why they do not take advantage of services offered but some are extremely intimidated with the learning process. This technology could certainly help them. Excellent post Cabe
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