The speech rate of Cambridge scientist Professor Stephen Hawking has doubled and his productivity increased ten-fold because of new technology.
Prof Hawking has revealed how tech giant Intel has created a new interface for his monitor.
This, combined with his speech synthesiser, has doubled the scientist’s speech rate and improved his productivity 10 times over, said the technology giant.
Professor Hawking said: “We are here to talk about how science and technology is improving the lives of people with disabilities.
“We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible through technology – without it I would not be able to speak to you today. Intel’s research and development is bringing about changes in the world and in the way that disabled people can communicate.
“The Intel team and I have been working together for almost three years on upgrading my communication system.
“My old system is more than 20 years old and I was finding difficult to continue to communicate effectively, and to do the things I love to do.
“With the improvements made, I am now able to write much faster, and it means that I can continue to give lectures, write papers and books and, of course, speak with my family and friends more easily. This new system is life changing for me, and I hope it will serve me well for the next 20 years”
At a press conference, Prof Hawking also warned the rise of artificial intelligence could see the human race become extinct.
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