CUSTOMER: You know how in the movies you always see these completely unrealistic dpecitions of computers? How long before they become realistic?
ALEX: Funny you should mention that. We’ve been working on natural-language computers for years.
CUSTOMER: You have?
ALEX: Our goal is to ultimately build a computer that can be completely voice-controlled, and will adapt to regional dialects. For the moment, though, we’ve been focusing on getting it to recognize one command.
CUSTOMER: What command is that?
ALEX: “Stop countdown.”
CUSTOMER: How’s it going?
SOUND EFFECT: FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
ALEX: Not well.