A few years ago Morris Bishop (1) wrote a fantastic and fascinating tale about a professor who invented a reading machine. This machine would read everything that was fed into it, making it unnecessary for anyone to go through the tedium of reading for himself. This invention seemed as sensible to the professor as the computers are that solve complicated mathematical problems for scientists. There was a slight flaw in his reasoning, of course and that was, what would anyone do with the results of the reading machine's labors? Read them?
Smith, D. E. (1963). An Open Letter to All Students: Why Read?. Reading Horizons, 3 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol3/iss3/3