Analog Pens, Apple’s Pencil & Talking Machines: writing & its future

10 thoughts on “Analog Pens, Apple’s Pencil & Talking Machines: writing & its future”

  1. voice to text has been around for a looooooong time. you know that as well as i do and it still hasn’t quite caught on. even my teenager (15) and my 11 year old aren’t into it… my son, nearly 4… maybe? but, i’m still thinking “no”.

    the ability to form sentences from thought is something altogether different than speech. there’s an asynchronicity that is important… pausing and the like. audio requires none which, in some ways, cheapens it.

  2. Thanks for this Om. Made me think!

    I’ve been going back and forth between voice to text and keyboarding depending on the outcome I desire.

    I find that if it is a presentation that I am going to give in front of an audience, then voice to text captures “how” I talk so it is more natural for me. When I write the same presentation out, then it sounds much more formal.

    I find it easier to write/type content when a convincing argument is required that is backed with supporting facts.

    The hardest part for me has been learning a new workflow and trusting the outcome.

    Kind Regards,

  3. Writing is personal and as the age we have just entered flourishes so will expressions that are personal and committed with willful skilled action.
    Like a chick emerging from an egg – our issues facing us will either confound us into oblivion or (as I expect) we will emerge and flourish. Those solutions (our beak?) which are happening now and those sure to come will bring exponential productivity growth.
    I think of the tea ceremony as an analog for what will be of import in our future. What will be of desire when all of your needs can be met and all of those you know and the ones they know?

  4. Oooh loved this issue Om. In the last year I have fallen back in love with writing with my fountain pen (just a simple LAMY one) and I have not enjoyed the act of writing this much in many years.

  5. Interesting read. When I was in high school way back in the last century, typing class was a requirement for graduation. I wonder if one day soon it will be equally important to teach speech-to-text maximization alongside it.

    1. I learned typing and short hand, plus writing — I use all of those skills even today. I definitely think speech-to-text is a tidal wave and will be here as an accompaniment to whatever we do.

  6. I just ordered a Paperlike ( screen protector that promises to transform the iPad to lower glare but specifically for people who want a “paper-like” experience. I’ll be curious to see if that changes my relationship with this device. I’m a Wacom fan on the computer but I’ve never really spent time with the pencil because it feels… un-analog.

    1. I would like to know what you think Jason. My impressions were mixed. I hope you enjoy it.

      1. So far so good. Definitely cuts the glare. I can tell it’s going to wear down the tips on the pencil a lot more than normal. I’m firm in my belief that the correct software for the kind of drawing I want to do might not exist yet (either that or I haven’t taken the time to go deep on one of them and commit). Will give it some more time.

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