I think it was 1986 when I first discovered my love for making computers say stupid things out loud. My older brother got a Commodore 64 for his birthday, which came bundled with software that would speak out any term you typed in—and boy, that computer sure made a fool of itself after my five-year-old imagination got a hold of the keyboard.

We’ve come a long way with software that attempts to interface with the human element since then, to the point where our virtual assistants even crack jokes these days. Microsoft has had a lot to do with that progression, and now, they’ve even got a team… more


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