I’m sorry, I don’t understand that

Over the years, voice-recognition technology has improved from “completely farking useless” to “mostly farking useless,” which is not, in my opinion, a major gain. Part of the problem is that it’s hard to isolate voices from background noise, and besides, not all of us speak as though we’d been through several years of television-network-level de-accenting.

But there’s a larger issue involved:

[M]any times, what I and many people may say to our computers is anatomically and theologically impossible.

And perhaps inadvisable. Someday — probably Tuesday — some poor slob on Windows 11 (or so) is going to be served up a dozen Microsoft patches, after which an all-too-familiar dialog box will appear, and he’ll yell “Reboot, my ass!”

You think Redmond will cover his medical bills? Not a chance.

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    20 January 2013 · 3:43 pm

    “I’m sorry, Dave, but I can’t do that.”

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