The art of noise (keep talking) transcripts

Leonie Watson, The Paciello Group (TPG)

The art of noise (keep talking) transcripts

mEnabling Summit, Washington DC June 2018

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Keep talking

Stephen Hawking: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk."

Voder synthesizer (1939)

Person 1: "The machine produces only two sounds, produced electrically. One of these represents the breath, the other the vibration of the vocal chord. There are no phonograph records or anything of that sort. Only electrical circuits such as are used in telephone apparatus."

Person 2: "Let's see how you put expression into a sentence. Say 'She saw me' with no expression."

Voder: "She saw me"

Person 2: Now say it in response to these questions. Who saw you?

Voder: "*She saw me"

Person 2:

Voder: "She saw *me"

Person 2: "Did she see you or hear you?"

Voder: "She *saw me"

Bell Labs IBM704 (1961)

Machine [sings]: "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do; I'm half crazy all for the love of you."

Texas Instruments Speak & Spell (1978)

Speak and Spell: [beeps] "A B C D E F G H I J"

Mego Toy Corp 2-XL robot (1978)

2-XL: "Thank you for turning me on. Let me introduce myself. I am 2-XL, the smartest robot in the world.

DECTalk Text To Speech (TTS) synthesizer (1984)

Voice 1: "I am perfect Paul, the standard male voice.

Voice 2: "I am beautiful Betty the standard female voice. Some people think I sound a bit like a man!"

Apple MacInTalk (1984)

Steve obs: "Now we've done a lot of talking about Macintosh recently. But today, for the first time ever, I'd like to let Macintosh speak for itself."

Macintosh: "Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to be out of that bag. Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I'd like to share with you the first time I saw an IBM mainframe. Never trust a computer you can't lift!"

Apple voice recognition (1993)

Person: "Macintosh, open letter. Macintosh, print letter. Macintosh, fax letter."

VoiceOver: "While everyone else is still trying to build a computer you can understand. We built a Macintosh that can understand you."

Dragon Naturally Speaking (1997)

Person: "This is Dragon Naturally Speaking comma .Speech recognition software that turns your voice into text, three times faster than typing, with up to 99% accuracy period."

Person: "Siri, where can I find something to eat?"

Siri: "There are 25 chinese restaurants located on Spineda."

Person: "I don't want Chinese food."

Siri: "Sorry, I thought that was all you ate."

Person: "Fine... where's the closest one?"

Microsoft Cortana (2014)

Person: "Hey Cortana. Gues what?

Cortana: There are 2 trillion, 335 million, 981 million, 212 thousand, 665 possible answers to that question."

Amazon Echo (2014)

Person: "Alexa, what's the forecast for Seattle Washington?

Alexa: "Right now in Seattle Washington, it's 44 degrees with showers. Tonight's forcast has rainy weather with a low of 39 degrees."

Person: "Alexa, set a timer for 5 seconds."

Alexa: "5 second timer starting now."

Google Now with context awareness (2015)

Person 1: "Cool! You want to see it in action? Alright, let's do it! [music plays] Here Listening to Skrillex, and you wonder like me, what's his real name?"

Person 2: "Ok Google, what's his real name?"

Google: "Skrillex's real name is Sonny John Moore."

Formant synthesis

Voice: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk."

Voice (really fast): "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk."

Concatonative synthesis

Voice: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk."

Parametric synthesis

Person [sings]: "Never had much faith in love or miracles; Never wanna put my heart on the line."

Keep talking (with technology)

Stephen Hawking: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk."

Thank you

Léonie Watson ~ The Paciello Group (TPG)