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A man named Stephen Hawking is said to be the smartest human on Earth.
From a young age, Hawking had a great talent in mathematics and physics. During his time studying at Oxford University,
he became particularly interested in the fields of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.
Unfortunately, when Hawking was 21 he began to see signs of a
disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Do to his disease, he was forced to have a tracheostomy in 1985,
leaving him using a voice synthesizer to communicate. He has since lost the use of his arms, legs, and voice. The computer
system that is strapped to his wheelchair is operated by Hawking manually using a blink recognizer, which is implanted in
his glasses. He is able to talk, compose research papers and speeches, browse the World Wide Web, and write e-mails. He is
also able to control the doors, lights, and lifts in his home using this system.
Because of speech synthesis technology, people such as Stephen Hawking are
able to communicate with little hassle.