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This Is Our Legacy?

My family and I recently took our annual vacation. More on that to come. On our trip, we used some model of Garmin GPS to help us not get lost (most of the time). I noticed that the unit occasionally mis-pronounced things. For example, it told me to turn onto "Old Keene Road." I suspect that the last "e" in "Keene" is silent, but the unit pronounced it like it had a "y" at the end: "Keeny" or maybe "Keeney." There were other instances that I can no longer recall.

I found this sad. Why? Suppose one day humans are wiped out by intelligent robots and computers. We will have left behind robots and computers that do not even know how to pronounce things!

Not that I believe robots and computers will wipe out humans.


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