would finding out why certain letters are on certain sides of the keyboard be as difficult as finding out about my dreams?
But the presence of the keyboard and the text on the screen still remind us that the computer is a writing technology—that the electronic signs in the computer are separate from our thoughts. Therefore artificial intelligence programmers are pursuing the obvious solution of eliminating the keyboard in favor of a computer that can master spoken language. A computer that understands the human voice would take advantaged of the prejudice that speaking is not a form of semiotic communication at all. Spoken language seems to have immediate access to the mind, and therefore a hearing and speaking computer would seem to collapse the distance between human and machine.