Verbal computer communication.
Date: Around 1995
When will computers communicate with me verbally?
Some computers already can communicate verbally. Most PCs and MACs have
simple speech synthesis. The real problem is speech recognition, and this
is an area in which much progress is being made every year. You see, if I
say "sandal leather" out of context, most people think I am saying "send a
letter", so you can imagine how difficult it is to get a computer to recogn-
ize what you are saying.
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