Sara Basson, Peter Fairweather, Vicki Hanson
Many were first seduced by the promise and potential of speech technology after observing HAL's conversations with Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Progress in the accuracy of speech recognition and the clarity of speech synthesis coaxed many to believe that tasks performed with technologyespecially the computerwould be accomplished more quickly, more easily, and, perhaps, less painfully through speech-enabled interfaces. Technologies diffuse at different ratesinstantly, like the ATM or plodding, like the fax (Scottish inventor Alexander Bain built the first one in 1843!). No one knows how long it will take for speech-enabled devices to reach everyday use.…
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