Monthly Archives: October 2011

SCAN2TEXT AN AFORDABLE SCANNING SOLUTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE

As a blind person who is not able to read print one of the difficulties which I face is being able to access printed material without calling on the assistance of sighted friends or work colleagues. While I can use … Continue reading

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PORTRAIT OF AN IDEAL WORLD BY HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN

While browsing the web I came across the following article, by the American Henry Louis Mencken which is rather whitty. It won’t I think have you rolling in the aisles, it will, however have you smiling if your sense of … Continue reading

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THE SINGULARITY SUMMIT 2011

Today’s issue of the Kurzweilai.net Newsletter carries a brief report of the Singularity Summit 2011. Among the topics touched on is the debate between individuals such as Kurzweil who believe that the Singularity is near (I.E. the merging of man … Continue reading

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THE SINGULARITY ISN’T NEAR

Ray Kurzweil famously postulated the idea of the Singularity, that by about 2045 machine intelligence will surpass that of humans. After this point, Kurzweil contends the future is highly unpredictable. The October 12th issue of Technology Review contains an interesting … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF EUGENE ZAMIATIN’S WE

I’ve just finished reading Eugene Zamiatin’s “We”. The author began as a supporter of the Soviet Communist Party but rapidly became disenchanted with the Soviet Union. In “We” the writer portrays a society in which all individuality is quashed. People … Continue reading

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FREE SCREEN READING SOFTWARE FOR BLIND COMPUTER USERS

As those of you who follow this blog will know I am blind and, as a consequence can not see my computer’s screen. For many years now I’ve used a screen reader called Jaws which converts text into speech and … Continue reading

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