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Campaign against voice operated systems!

I find myself freezing when a system reacts to my voice. It is only after years of use that I can manage voice controlled telephone systems. Even now, I often choose the bail-out option (if there is one and if I can work out how to). Something in me rebels against formulating words, opening my mouth and uttering what is required. Especially when anyone else is around. Why? I really don’t know. I can feel muscles prepare to press a button, flick a switch, but not speak. My mouth almost stops working.

I have always had a bit of stutter to my speech but, in daily life, conversing with humans (or the cat), I have overcome it more or less completely. These systems bring it out.

I hate them with a vengeance for what they do to me. Without even going into the privacy issues which are also of great importance.

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