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Hopefully someone will read this. I live in a slight version of terror that speech recognition will become commonplace. I stutter. Not terribly, but it's there. It is even more pronounced when I have to pause, and clearly say something without any type of preamble. It's even worse when it is my last name. I program for a living, and love it. However, if think people are listening to me, then my stutter becomes more pronounced. I can sing fluently, but I think singing might make me feel stupid, screw up the voice recognition software, etc. As we all (should) be taking handicaps into account as we program (blindness, deafness, etc), please, let's not forget the people in the world with a very un-publicized impediment to life, the stutterers.
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Jul 7, 2010