Most experts say that there are about five ways that we learn--orally, visually, reading, etc. I learn best by reading. I am not a visual learner. Graphs are a mystery to me (I would prefer to see the equation) and watching someone do something rarely gives me any insight. "Hands on doing" works reasonably well for me for simple tasks but oral learning is iffy. I would have been a poor student in ancient Greece.
My inability to learn from the visual is increasingly affecting my blog reading. Many blogs now frequently make use of videos for interviews and product demos. Unless the speaker on the video is a world renown thinker, e.g. Michael Porter, I cannot abide videos. Also, for the amount of information, I think reading is faster than watching a video. Therefore, I would like to present a new business idea.
Would someone please create a Firefox add-on or a YouTube app that would transcribe the audio portion of the video into a readable document and capture the key image(s) that go with the text and insert them in the appropriate place in the text. Much as Sony professional cameras generate meta tags, maybe we need a technology that can create tags in a video for the key images or exhibits (charts, graphs, etc.) so that they could be more easily identified and inserted into the text. i would think that some mathematical algorithms based on the time an image is on screen would work reasonably well.
I know there will be amazing new technologies to "search" inside videos but would someone please remember that not everybody likes videos and therein may lie a good new business opportunity.