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"The permanent government now is the anchorpeople. They don't get elected, and year after year they're responding emotionally to this or that."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Voice-Activated Door  
  A door that opens upon verbal command.  

He had pounded out only a few sentences when there was a purr from the announcer. He glared at the door for a full minute before he decided to admit he was there:

“Come in,” he growled. His voice activated the relays which unlocked the door and issued an invitation for the visitor to enter.

From Assignment to Aldebaran, by Kendall Foster Crossen.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1953
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Compare to the Detectophone from Ralph 124c 41 + (1911), by Hugo Gernsback, as far as I know the first reference to a voice-activated machine in sf.

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