Speech recognition technology is not a solution for poor readers

Could artificial intelligence be a solution for people who cannot read well (functional illiterates) or cannot read at all (complete illiterates)? According to psycholinguists, speech technology should never replace learning how to read. In an opinion article, Falk Huettig from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen and Martin Pickering from the University of Edinburgh argue that literacy leads to a better understanding of speech because good readers are good at predicting words.

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