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Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine

04/29/1985

Stevie Wonder demonstrates a Kurweil Reading Machine with text-to-speech capability, which enables blind people to read printed text. He uses the machine to help him read instructions for his synthesizer, so he can compose a song. He jokes around with the audience. He sings part of "I Just Called to Say I Love You." A Boston politician presents Wonder with a commemorative award of his visit to Boston. Wonder addresses the crowd and talks about how the Reading Machine is making a more "harmonious world." Several takes of reporter stand up. A man demonstrates a computer with a touchscreen and Deck Talk features.


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Series
Ten O'Clock News
Title

Kurzweil Reading Machine

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976

Duration

00:22:51

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Wonder, Stevie
Technology
African American musicians
Music
Business
People with disabilities
Locations
Boston (Mass.)
Genres
News Report
Topics
News
Contributors
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Wonder, Stevie (Speaker)
Citation
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine,” 04/29/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine.” 04/29/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9
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