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Artificially Produced Speech  
  Speech produced by mechanical means, rather than with vocal chords.  

This is an early reference to the idea of mechanically produced speech.

It spoke now in clear, clipped English, originating in the manipulation of some artificial device, rather than by means of living vocal cords. Few extraterrestrial creatures possessed the natural capacity to reproduce the sounds of human speech.
Technovelgy from Hotel Cosmos, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the less explicit translatophone from My Translatophone (1901) by Frank Stockton, the perfect voice from Prima Donna 1980 by Bernard Brown, and the talking head from Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson.

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