Dragon Professional Individual v15.6 Star Trek or Precocious Two-Year-Old Brat By Sherry McMahan Do you realize how much Star Trek influenced what our "inner child" dreams of what is going to happen when we get Dragon? We almost think that we are going to look at the screen and say. . . Computer… Type me a series of 10 articles about “How to Make Money on the Internet”. Make these informative and witty pieces, maybe even exciting! I would like the first article to be about 500 words, and please have all 10 articles ready in about 30 minutes while I go get some coffee.
Now, maybe we don’t really THINK it is going to be like that with Dragon, but that all-knowing computer model was set in our minds by years of Star Trek and despite the lack of logic, our HOPES are still that computers will be THAT easy. The reality is that starting to use Dragon is more like getting to know an alien two-year-old who just arrived in this country from some mysterious foreign kingdom. She (He/Dragon) is very smart and can spell almost every word in the English dictionary but CANNOT understand the definition or context of words. For instance, Dragon does not know the difference between "I scream" and "ice cream" so even when you say them veryclearly… she still might misunderstand what you have said.
This very precocious child comes with 300 pages of introduction and hours of video to help us build a relationship; she is very complex! Now really… are most of us going to sit down ahead of time and go through all that training material, very carefully, to fully learn and memorize everything about her? Not a chance!
More likely, we’ll just go right up to her and start talking AT her. If we are like most people, we are going to assume that if we talk long enough and loud enough >>>>> Dragon will figure out what we are expecting and just finally do it! Maybe, we will take a DEMANDING tone of voice, or a COMMANDING tone of voice! Finally, we think maybe she has special needs and WE must learn some of Dragon’s language, WE must use a special Dragon capable microphone and WE must put that microphone the correct spacing from our nose and our mouth and speak at the right volume and good diction. . . If we insist on doing it our way, then Dragon seems to act like a brat and does absolutely nothing we tell her to do and she does not even tell us what is wrong!!! Once WE, as the adults, TAKE the responsibility to LEARN the commands Dragon does know, then we can develop an unbelievable relationship.
Essentially, if we will learn a little Dragon-eese… from that… we can understandHOW to TEACH Dragon what we need her to do for us. Before you know it, she will type everything we say with accuracy (and correct spelling) and eventually so very much more. I know people that have gone from 6 words per minute to 120 words per minute, through the relationship they have nurtured with Dragon. And I mean 120 words per minute with no mistakes and no spelling errors. If you take the time and the baby steps in creating a solid, understanding relationship with Dragon, you can experience a delightful freedom of expression. You really will be able to walk around the room while you think and dictate your articles. You will not even have to look at the computer most of the time.
No, Dragon is definitely NOT the computer from Star Trek, but Dragon REALLY IS a piece of dictation and voice control software that provides us with a Partnership that is Exciting… Interesting… and Rewarding.
Dragon is most like a helpful, charming, precocious two year old (who is sometimes bratty) who can assist you in voice-to-type dictation and eventually, if you choose, Dragon's gift to you is total voice control of your computer.
Original Article Published on StreetArticles.com Feb 14, 2012 …http://www.streetarticles.com/creative-writing/dragon-naturallyspeaking-star-trek-or-precocious-two-year-old-brat