The subthread on handwriting within the thread on education had me wondering about handwriting conversion with computers.
To me keyboards always seemed a compromise forced by the until then limitations of computers; better than punchcards but not as natural as writing.
With keyboards, there is also the whole keyboard layout issue of QWERTY not being as well set-up as DVORAK but being the standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard
There is speech recognition, which from what I have read in the news is supposed to be good now but still not widely adopted as many people got burned by it in earlier versions. To me there also seems to be the problem of what would a work place be like if you had even a small number, like 10, employees in cublicles all speaking out load to get information into their computers?
OTOH, handwriting as way of getting information into a computer does not seem to have gone far. Palm had its system, but that, and Palm itself seems dead. Ipads and Tablets do not seem to come with a stylus standard. (I miss the stylus I had with my Palm as I still feel like some clumsy Australopithecine when trying to "type" with my Droid.)
So, is the near future of entering information into computers firmly with keyboards or will touchscreens & tablets bring back handwriting* as something seen as important? (I have to imagine the far future will be some type of nervous system to computer interface.)
* Not particularly cursive, which was the starting point of the subthread in the education thread.