Abstract - The Information Society 8 (4)

From COBOL to diction

J. H. Foegen

Japanese-inspired constant improvement, as part of total quality management, would seem to include fine-tuning often-sloppy speech habits. With voice replacing keyboarding as computer input, striving for clear enunciation becomes ever more important. Computers are more particular than people, and GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) is as relevant as ever. Theoretically, of course, even sloppy input can be cleaned up. Programs can be expanded sufficiently to cover infinite speech variations. Furthermore, rapid development of fuzzy logic circuits, notably by the Japanese, permits coping with states between zero and one, on or off, and a stronger similarity to real-world situations, including inexact speech.

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