Thursday, March 05, 2009

Slate on why computers can’t read well

In all the debate about the Kindle and text-to-speech, one thing that certainly came up was that at—at least at present—it’s hard to imagine wanting to listen to a book that way. It’s just not the same thing as an audiobook or any other means of human performance. This fascinating piece in Slate gets into the science behind the technology and just why it’s so tough for a computer to master human speech.