"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
This is a very early use of the idea of a machine transcriptionist. Note that good pronunciation was required.
Compare this item to the detectophone from Hugo Gernsback's 1911 classic Ralph 124c 41 +, which offered machine translation. A somewhat more developed form of this idea can be found in Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Second Foundation; see the article for transcriber.
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