Many people, including me, can’t abide using the phone for communications. I seem to run out of verbal buffer space all too quickly and I have to work very hard to deal with anyone who is asking detailed questions, for example.
Today’s invention is therefore to incorporate a switch-to-text mode within all telephones. This would automatically perform speech to text analysis on an incoming voice signal and display the result on the phone’s screen.
This would allow we aurally-challenged people to keep up (by typing or texting responses). It would also have the additional benefit of keeping a written record of what was said/ agreed (I hate it when people use the phone when they want to go ‘off the record’).
Since most people speak in a pretty incoherent way, being confronted a few moments later by their own babblings might encourage more thinking before speaking in future.