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"A large pizza, please."

In 1974, artificial intelligence researchers at Michigan State University made a giant leap forward in computer-aided communication for the handicapped: they used an early text-to-speech system to order a pizza. Spoiler: Domino's hung up on them. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jan 25, 2013 - 34 comments

"Say, old man, we are stopped and surrounded by ice".

One hundred years ago, a network of Marconi wireless operators documented history's most famous shipwreck. Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, the RMS Titanic's radio officers, were usually tasked with sending personal communications for first-class passengers. But on April 14, 1912, they turned their tapping fingers to the CQD distress signal (and, later in the evening, the relatively new SOS call), using the distinctive slang of their fellow operators to report the wreck, call for help, and indulge in a bit of gallows humor. [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Apr 13, 2012 - 43 comments

OMG life is just an imitation of art amirite

xkcd had an idea to counter YouTube comment stupidity, and apparently someone at YouTube was paying attention. Not everyone is convinced however. (And there's always Comment Snob).
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Oct 9, 2008 - 31 comments

TomTom Talks

You have reached your destination.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 21, 2006 - 31 comments

Speaking machines!

A brief history of speech synthesis : an interesting read, with photos and sound samples!
posted by starscream on Jan 4, 2004 - 5 comments

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