Spoken Language Systems: Technological Goals and Integration Issues
The vision of the talking, listening computer is by now, twenty-five years after HAL in Arthur Clarke’s 2001, a common-place. When people are asked to participate in a ‘Wizard of Oz’ experiment and interrogate what they are told is a computer over the telephone, it apparently never occurs to them to be surprised that a computer can understand what they have to say. But in fact as we know all too well, such an interaction is still far beyond the capabilities of the technology, outside carefully structured and constrained contexts. What will it take to move us forward toward that millenial plus one goal?
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