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1960s: Synthetic Speech.

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Synthetic Speech.

  Since its earliest days, AT&T has been concerned with the properties and analysis of human speech. It was inevitable that an AT&T engineer would invent an artificial talking machine and, in 1936, H.W. Dudley did. He called it "Voder," the world's first electronic speech synthesizer, and it needed an operator to press keys and foot pedals to make it work.

  Computers ushered in punch-card synthetic speech, then transistors helped to make it digital. Peter Frampton would never have been able to croon "Do you feel like we do-ooooo..." without the synthetic speech technology pioneered by AT&T.

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