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One doesn't normally expect a computer to talk, or even to emit sounds, for that matter. Of course we have always recognized that robots could talk, because robots are basically people made outta metal -- hardware analogs of wetware. The thing that was really pathbreaking about HAL 9000 in 2001 was that a very obviously non-human entity was doing the most distinctively human thing -- talking. And more recently, as sound cards have become increasingly pervasive on desktop computers, all kinds a sounds are being emitted by all kinda computers that, like talking parrots, have no idea [I think] what they are saying.

Where all of this is heading is anyone's guess. For now, there seem to be a number of unresolved issues:

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