Talking To Machines
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Rob: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Rob.
Dan: And I’m Dan.
Rob: Hey Dan. What’s the time?
Dan: Time you got a new watch?
Rob: Now I didn’t ask you that just for a joke or a sarcastic comment now did I?
Dan: Well no, but look there’s a clock over there, you are wearing a watch, you have a smartphone and a computer, all of which show the time. So why are you asking me?
Rob: Dan! I was trying to introduce today’s topic which is all about virtual assistants or bots. You seemed to have forgotten the script.
Dan: Oh yes, sorry. We’re talking about software that you talk to and that can talk back to you. Like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana. It might be on your phone or computer or even a speaker in your house.
Rob: Now before we hear more about this topic, here is today’s quiz question: Do you know when was the first computer which could recognise speech, launched? Was it in