I saw an advertisement for this voice-recognition software. I was intrigued and was thinking of asking Mike V., a relatively young whippersnapper who is en rapport with the latest gadgetry. (When he visits my house he makes fun of my Jurassic electronics.) But then I wondered how useful such a speech recognition application could be to someone who writes about arcane topics and uses high-falutin words. Would the spoken 'animadversion' display as 'animal diversion'? Would 'transcendental deduction of the categories' appears as 'transcontinental deportation of catnip'? Would 'inverted qualia objection' show as 'involuted quails of Omaha'?
This morning I was pleased to hear from our old friend Vlastimil Vohanka who is also wondering about the utility to philosophers of DNS. He conveys a remark by Baylor philosopher Jon Kvanvig on the latter's Facebook page:
"newest writing venture: I'm now composing using Dragon Naturally Speaking. It is amazingly accurate, beginning by trolling through everything on my hard drive to find appropriate vocabulary. So it recognizes 'Chisholm', 'Fregean', 'Chisholmian', as well as all the standard vocabulary in epistemology. And writing is so much faster: 5000 words in about 2 hours."