Speech recognition was one my favourite features in Panther OSX, about ten years ago.

 In fact, that lovely integration made me able to enter in my studio and say "Open Safari",  the browser started and there were, say, the news. And the same with Chess (without news, of course ).

... But, but, that was in the year 2002, and a lot has rained since then.

Ten years after, another cat, the forthcoming OSX Mountain Lion, features somewhat named Dictation, quite similar to Speech Recognition , alas, not dumb like that one, but intelligent - artificially speaking - as a brand new one in town.
You'll be able to access dictation using a simple keyboard shortcut, a double click on the Function (fn) key. And if your keyboard doesn't have one available, or if you prefer another choice, System Preferences allows you to customize that shortcut.
Via Erica Saund
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