Man orders a pizza using a talking computer (1974)


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My friend and I used to try to make prank calls using the SAM voice synthesizer on my Commodore 64. It wasn’t very funny. We thought getting a call from a computer would be interesting or maybe alarming but nobody could understand what we were saying so it was just confusing.


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Does Stephen Hawking know about this, or does he just use the website now?


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In the video, did they call Mr. Sherman a handicapper? Handicapper means bookie.


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In what country? I really dont know that usage.


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Well it’s about time.


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Most English speaking countries, but it’s a more formal and somewhat old fashioned term.


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Guess thats why I didnt know it.


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It’s my (somewhat limited) understanding that the term dates to the days before the odds at the track were automatically calculated* at the track on the basis of bets cast. The payoff was based on a human being’s (the handicapper) estimate of the odds.


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