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Monday, September 29, 2008

"Text More Than We Talk"

Apparently, Americans now send and receive more text messages per month than they make or receive phone calls.  See here.  (Of course, more information is likely transmitted per phone call than per text message, but the headline is nevertheless interesting.)

Imagine what technology holds in store for us: Someday, we'll be able to think about the text message we'd like to send without having to type it in.  Then, text-to-speech converters will turn that text into speech that sound like our actual voices.  Eventually, the whole process will be interactive, so that we can think about our messages, the other party will hear them, and then we can repeat the process interactively. 

Amazing!  Alexander Graham Bell would remain right-side-up in his grave!

Posted by Adam Kolber on September 29, 2008 at 09:30 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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I have long (for about 3 yeare or so) argued that text messages are superior to actual conversation because of the "paper trail" they leave. For example, if I tell you in a phone conversation "meet me at the movie theater on 5th street for the 8:15 showing of Dark Knight," you may accidentally show up at the 6th street theater at 8:25 because you misheard or misremembered our earlier conversation. With text messaging, you have no such excuse.

Posted by: Paul Washington | Sep 29, 2008 4:17:10 PM

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