University of Houston
Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil shared his vision for the field of information technology. Exponential growth in computing has embraced many fields, including genetic biology and economics. Kurzweil's reader for the visually disabled was invented in 1976. This reader was large and required a desk. Kurzweil demonstrated his latest reader, which is hand-held, using a camera and synthetic speech to read signs, menus. etc. Artificial intelligence is deeply hidden in economics, such as automatic financial analysis. Information technology is a dynamic, chaotic system with predictable progression, doubling the power of computing every year. The key factor to exponential growth in computing is timing. Computers are becoming smaller evey year. Soon computers will be so small that they can be embedded in our eyeglasses or in our clothing
National Federation of the Blind - Jacobus TenBroek Library
Correspondence, publications, drafts, administrative files, case files, news clippings, legislative files, core documents, reference materials, speeches, fundraising materials, convention files, audio/video recordings, Braille documents, and miscellany documenting the interests, advocacy, and daily business of the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest national membership organization of blind people in the United States. Collection also includes the records of the state affiliates of the NFB and its sister organizations: the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults and the Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund. The NFB is an active organization and new records will be added as they become available
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project, conducted by H. David Maxey from 1986 through 2002, created a collection of archival materials documenting the history and development of speech synthesis technology. Maxey collaborated with Dr. Bernard Finn, Elliot Sivowitch and Harold Wallace of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information, Technology, and Society.