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"It's also important to vary your stimuli. I always look for new things to shock the system. Just as you make muscles grow by shocking them, you make the mind grow by shocking it."
- Bart Kosko

House Voice  
  A house-based system that mediates technologies (like phone) with a verbal interface directed to the inhabitants of the house.  

Now here's a customizable interface; no tinkering with "preferences" files for Angela.

"Angela," the House said, it's voice quiet but compelling, "I have a call from Hilton Swift."

"Executive override?" She was eating baked beans and toast at the kitchen counter.

"No," it said, confidingly.

"Change your tone," she said, around a mouthful of beans. "Something with an edge of anxiety."

"Mr. Swift is waiting," the House said nervously.

"Better," she said, carrying bowl and played to the washer, "but I want something closer to genuine hysteria."

"Will you take the call?" The voice was choked with tension.

"No," she said, "but keep your voice that way, I like it."

From Mona Lisa Overdrive, by William Gibson.
Published by Bantam in 1988
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Clearly, this house voice is a long way from the uninflected artificial speech of today.

Note the differences between this scene in the interaction between the human character and the machine "servant" and a very similar exchange between Jorj X. McKie and the Daily Schedule in The Dosadi Experiment.

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