Re: "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." Did Picard really need to say it?
Personally I'd have a button on my touch screen that replicates the correct tea whenever I press it; though it does seem in the Star Trek TNG future everything is voice activated; Tea Earl Gray Hot takes 2-3 seconds to say, but press a button and it takes what, half a second?
could you imagine if everything
was voice activated? The bridge alone would sund like a loud restaurant, and it'd take a long time to get anything done
Space, time, and thought are not the separate things they appear to be.