Ordering a Pizza with Voice Synthesizer, 1974

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Vor zwei Jahren hat das Artificial Language Laboratory das 35jährige Jubiläum der ersten Anwendung künstlicher Sprachausgabe gefeiert. Damals, im Jahr 1974, haben sie eine Pizza bestellt.

This high-tech sociolinguistic experiment was conducted at the Lab on the evening of December 4, 1974. Donald Sherman, who has Moebius Syndrome and had never ordered a pizza over the phone before, used a system designed by John Eulenberg and J. J. Jackson incorporating a Votrax voice synthesizer, a product of the Federal Screw Works Co. of Troy, Michigan.