Kirtan Rabbi Blog

What We Can Learn from Siri Voice Dictation

Posted by Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D. on August 23, 2015 at 11:40 am.

Is Siri an oracle? Does she auto-correct our voice dictation to let us know what we meant to say, not what we did say? [Funny Video] Shabbat Shalom!

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Increasingly, like many of us, I have been using voice dictation to create text messages, tweets, even emails. Whether typed or dictated, much has been said about being careful that the auto-correct feature not change what you meant to say into something else altogether, even into something disastrous! Yet, recently, I’m coming to wonder whether auto-correct is not sometimes a divine oracle which reveals to us the true meaning of what lies behind our thoughts. Just to give one example: I’ve noticed again and again that when I type the word ‘Kirtan,’ autocorrect will change it to “cure time,” or even “cure tone.” Enough said. Kirtan is a time we set aside to use sound and vibration to heal. Same thing with Shabbat. As Abraham Joshua Heschel said, with Shabbat we create a “sanctuary in time.” Wishing you much cure time and many cure tones (singing) this Shabbat. And enjoy this funny video about kirtan. Shabbat Shalom.

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