Such a cool collection of interactive voice response systems, with high fives out to everyone who thought up great (and ofttimes obscure) “talkie computers” from decades of sci-fi from the 1950s to the 2000-teens. By name…
- kedamono x7
- Joe Bloch x10
- Burning x4
- Kelley Strang
- Pixel I/O
- pavellishin x2
- Steve Silvas x2
- Matt Sheehe
- Matt Sheehe
- Joe Bloch
- Matt Sheehe x2
- Lela x2
- Clayton x2
The list of talkie computers we collected is “Robby the Robot, Adam Link, Jupiter 2, Landru, M-5, Nomad probe, The Oracle, Beta-V, HAL, Colossus, BOXX, Thermostellar Triggering Device, IRAC, the Übercomputer, C-3PO, Alex 7000, Proteus IV, Zen, Orac, Slave, V-Ger, Artificial persons, Dr. Theopolis and TWKE-4, MU-TH-UR 6000, KITT, Replicants, Image Machine, MCP, SAL, Max, Holly, Kryten!, L7, 790, Sphere, Ship [sic], AMEE, Ship, Andromeda Ascendant, Zero, S.A.R.A.H., Andy the Deputy AI, Icarus, KITT, Otto, Gerty, and Jarvis.” Think you could name the movies and TV shows these are from just from these names?
The next step is to build a collection of the scripts of these interactions, since we’ll be analyzing any peculiar, non-standard-English that we find. I’m down to provide these scripts myself, but it would be easier if we crowdsource it. If you’re up to it, head to the following form to add the metadata and line-by-line script of the interaction. You can often find the scripts with a simple Google Search, or by (popping in the VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray you own, finding a video of the scene on some online video service and transcribing it from there. We are interested in word-perfect transcriptions. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have the time yourself. As of Thanksgiving weekend, I’ll manually complete any unfinished ones that I find.
The form to add scripts: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/
Just one correct to your list: It’s not the “Jupiter 2” but “Robot B-9” AKA “The Robot”.
Doesn’t someone actually interface with the ship?
Just normal controls. Robot B-9 was initially controlled through programming units plugged into its side. Then as the show progressed, B-9 started taking verbal commands and started programming himself.
I just did the Star Trek TOS ones: Landru, M-5, Nomad, The Oracle, and Beta-V.
awesome. Fits with your prodigious suggestions! You rock, Joseph!
Where do the scripts end up? Can we view them?
The scripts are with the linguist undergoing analysis at the moment. Since these are transcriptions only of the interaction scenes, they are probably not of much use to anyone else. You may be interested in this, though: http://www.imsdb.com/
I ask cause that star trek app i linked you to has an april fools mode and voice recognition lets you trigger misc conversations with AI, and these are exactly what im looking for.
Ie: saying open the pod bay doors, triggers a clip of hal saying i cant do that dave
Are you thinking to have it be an audio clip from the originals, or just the text? Anyway, I suspect they’ll be available once the linguist is done with them.
I have the program download the clips from my site on request. But the scripots will help me track down the clips.
Keep me aprised, please
Are the list and scripts available somewhere? would be great to see them