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ERIC Number: ED430532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-21
Pages: 26
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CompSpeak 2050: How Talking Computers Will Recreate an Oral Culture by Mid-21st Century.
Crossman, William
In the 21st century, VIVOs (voice-in/voice-out computers using visual displays but no text) will make written language obsolete. Written language is essentially a technology created 6,000 to 10,000 years ago for storing and retrieving information. VIVOs will perform this same function more easily, efficiently, and universally without requiring people to learn to read and write. There will be no compelling reason for schools to teach literacy skills. By 2050, the electronically-developed nations will become oral cultures; by 2150, a worldwide oral culture will be in place. Today's push to develop VIVOs is a further step in the human evolutionary drive to move past written language's limits and return to the biogenetic, oral-aural, pre-alphabetic roots of human communication and information storage. Young people's choosing television, telephone, stereo, and computer games over books, letter-writing--and the resulting literary crisis that engulfs schools--is not the result of mental laziness or poor schools, but is an irreversible symptom of this deeper evolutionary process. VIVOs will transform every area of human activity in the 21st century, including education, the arts, human relations, politics, and business. Billions of nonliterate people, using VIVOs, will finally be able to access the world's stored information--if they can gain access to VIVOs. Access to VIVO technology looms as a key human rights issue of the 21st Century. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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