How many of you use auto-correct on your smartphone? How many of you use voice-to-text?
I like to use both and, despite the fact that my husband makes terrible fun of me for saying "period.return.Shelly" at the end of every email I say outloud, I have found it to be a hugely helpful tool.
Those tools do not come without a bit of danger, however. When applying for a part-time professorship at an online university, I sent a reminder email to one of my previous supervisors. Her name is Kaye but voice-to-text clearly believed I wanted to send this to Kate. I argued with Mrs. Voice-to-text to no avail. I had to send an "I'm sorry, Kaye. I really know your name is not Kate" email.
Another example? When I first passed my prelims for my doctoral program, I was able to voice-to-text my husband to tell him the great news. He was out on the golf course so we couldn't talk in person (golf takes precedence over.....well, everything, in my house), but voice-to-text seemed a reasonable substitute. I said, "I am now officially a doctoral candidate". Unfortunately, my text came out like this: "I am now officially a doctoral can of debt", to which my husband promptly replied, "Well, that is clearly the truth". Boo.
Not too long ago, I voice-to-texted my CPA to tell him to shoot an email with the latest piece of paperwork I needed in order to apply to be a corporation. Not so, said Mrs. Voice-to-Text. She assumed I wanted him to SH** an email. No, no, no!!
I truly do love technology.
I just would love that it hears me, not naughty language.
Just for today, watch out for that voice to text or auto-correct feature. And.....I'd love to hear your "OOPS" experiences.
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