Stephen Hawking seeks help to make voice heard

Dec 29, 2011

(AP) -- Can you help make Stephen Hawking's voice heard?

The famed British physicist is seeking an assistant to help develop and maintain his distinctive computer-assisted speech system.

Requirements posted to the 69-year-old's website include willingness to travel, computer literacy and the ability to work without the help of an instruction manual or tech support.

Hawking is known for his pioneering work on , his popular books on cosmology, and his refusal to bow to the disease that left him almost completely paralyzed.

He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which has confined the theoretician to a high-tech wheelchair equipped with an synthesizer, which gives Hawking his distinctive robotic monotone.

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More information: http://www.hawking.org.uk/

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Isaacsname
5 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2011
rwinners
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 29, 2011
Hawking is well covered. I think I've heard all he has to say.
BigPink
4 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2011
Hawking is well covered. I think I've heard all he has to say.


...And you would be the measure of the relevance of his appeal.
jimbo92107
3 / 5 (2) Dec 30, 2011
Herbicides. Weed killer. Something tells me that cyclic or polycyclic chlorine compounds are tearing things apart at the level of DNA and triggering this reaction. I wonder if it's DDT or a related compound. Italian soccer players and American military personnel both play on grass. Weed killer. A lot of them contain teratogenic compounds.
Isaacsname
5 / 5 (1) Dec 31, 2011
I have nothing but the utmost respect for these guys.

There was a time in my life when I thought I was going to end up with ALS, my legs would collapse out of nowhere, it was only a dietary change that did away with this in my early 30's.

It's a frightening feeling.

Consider all the Hawkings and Beckers in the world who have nothing to give them a voice, or nobody to listen to their dreams.

Put yourself in the same situation for a minute, if you can...