"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
This is a very early use of the idea of a machine transcriptionist. Note that good pronunciation was required.
Compare this item to the detectophone from Hugo Gernsback's 1911 classic Ralph 124c 41 +, which offered machine translation. A somewhat more developed form of this idea can be found in Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Second Foundation; see the article for transcriber.
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