Topic: CompSpeak 2050

The opinion piece is about how computers will make written language obsolete in the future. The piece states people will no longer be required to learn how to read and write. He talks about how talking computers will recreate an oral culture by the mid 21st century.

The main claim is that computers with voice in and voice out capabilities will store and retrieve information more easily and efficiently. The writer states that there is a transformation of human society away from print culture towards an oral culture. By 2050 in electronically-developed countries the use of written language will be a thing of the past. In the future all of the world’s communities will again be oral cultures.


He believes that talking computers will recreated an oral culture by mid 21st century. He also claims that there is an evolutionary change away from the use of written language.


Part of the evidence the writer puts forward is his understanding of the history of our ability to store information. He thinks that we developed writing because our memory was no longer efficient and reliable enough to retain information around the time of the agricultural revolution.
He states that in the last 150 years there has been a revolution in inventing and developing devices which use spoken language rather than written language. He adds that different print media such as the letter, the magazine, the newspaper, the book, the flyer etc have become less required.
There has been the development of talking computers and he says that this has been a continuation of the process started by Edison, Morse, Tesla and Bell. The decline in children’s literacy rates is linked to their use of non-print visual technology. He characterises written language as a technology, we have reached its limits and return to the roots of human communication and information storage.


He states that school students lower literacy rates is a direct result of students refusal to read and write, he says that most young people today prefer to listen and speak and there are rebelling. The writer suggests there is a health crisis associated with not returning to uses of speech as our main of communication, in other words he thinks if we do use it we will lose it. The author assumes that everybody can afford a computer system. The author claims we could have reached today’s level of information storage retrieval without ever having created written language in the first place. He says that written language is about to make its exit.
The author assumes that the literacy crisis in our schools is irreversible.


The human voice can not directly communicate with machine code, software is required which is written in the format of a programming language.
Without properly constructed written programming language, computers are nothing but a bunch of electronic parts.








Crossman, W, 1999, Readings: CompSpeak 2050, How talking computers will recreate a culture by mid 21st century, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.


Grellier, J, Goerke, V 2006, Communication Skills Toolkit, Unlocking the Secrets of Tertiary Success, Cengage Learnning Australia, South Melbourne, Australia.