GCN at 25: Still in the future

Information technology advances have often outstripped early predictions, whether it's the power of processors covered by Moore's Law or the storage capacity that can fit into something the size of a thumb.
But not all IT has moved ahead of pace. A GCN story in January 1987, for instance, cited industry predictions that voice-recognition software would be ready for general office use by the turn of the century. Not quite. In truth, experts quoted in the story weren't fooling themselves about speech recognition's challenges. They noted the difficulty in interpreting how people speak and stopped well short of predicting HAL-like eloquence from software. The technology apparently needed more time: Speech recognition has made great strides in recent years. But you still don't encounter it much around the office.


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