"I am first of all not a science fiction writer … I write, I suppose, what the Latin Americans call magic realism."
This is a very early use of the idea of a machine transcriptionist. Note that good pronunciation was required.
Compare to the telescribe from A Question of Salvage (1939) by Malcom Jameson, the speakwrite from 1984 (1948) by George Orwell, the transcriber from Second Foundation (1953) by Isaac Asimov and the electrosecretary from A Fall of Moondust (1961) by Arthur C. Clarke.
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