Siri’s ancestors

Ethel "Jane" Cain courtesy Site Point

Ethel “Jane” Cain courtesy Site Point

Toronto. Thanks to Alex Walker and Australia’s Sitepoint Design for this note about early voice powered UI systems. In 1936 the first automated talking clock called TIM was created in the UK. Ms Ethel (Jane) Cain was the first voice of the clock from 1936 until 1963 – winning the audition of some 15,000 UK Postal employee telephone operators.

After Apple’s ads and the Big Bang Theory TV comedy show everyone knows about Siri and her marvellous ability to find information you request of her by voice.

Sitepoint was recommended to me by my eldest daughter as a source for good modern reference books on topics related to programming and the web.

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