A couple if things pop up in my in box today that make me suspect that nothing is ever really lost . . . .
Form the New York Times,
• Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley have converted paper phonautographs from 1860’s Paris into audible sound files. This predates Edison’s wax cylinders by about 20 years. . . . sorry Tommy.
• and someone helpfully loaded a BBC documentary about Hitler’s Private World to Google Video, perhaps just another documentary about the workings of evil, but if you hang in there, you will see how they have put actual words and voice to Eva’s silent home movies. Nothing truly ground breaking but the technology in action is phenominal.
I can just imaging them using Automated Lip Reading to put words to silent films or home movies, now THAT’s scary.