A history of how humans developed our capacity for conversationand what might happen now that computers are catching up
Trevor Cox has been described by The Observer as "a David Attenborough of the acoustic realm." In Now You're Talking , he takes us on a journey through the wonders of human speech, starting with the evolution of language and our biological capability to speak (and listen), and bringing us up to date with the latest computer technology.
Language is what makes us human, and how we speak is integral to our personal identity. But with the invention of sound recording and the arrival of the electrified voice, human communication changed forever; now advances in computer science and artificial intelligence are promising an even greater transformation. And with it come the possibilities to reproduce, manipulate, and replicate the human voicesometimes with disturbing consequences.
Now You're Talking is the fascinating story of our ability to converse. It takes us back to the core of our humanity, asking important questions about what makes us human and how this uniqueness might be threatened. On this illuminating tour we meet vocal coaches and record producers, neuroscientists and computer programmers, whose experience and research provide us with a deeper understanding of something that most of us take for grantedour ability to talk and listen.
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About the Author
TREVOR COX is a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, U.K., and a former president of the Institute of Acoustics. He has presented twenty-four science documentaries on BBC Radio and written feature articles for New Scientist , Sound on Sound , and The Guardian. He is the author of The Sound Book , winner of an Acoustical Society of America writing award. He was awarded the Institute of Acoustics’ Tyndall Medal and the Institute of Acoustics’ Award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for producing the longest echo in one of the Inchindown Oil Tanks.
Table of Contents
1 Evolution 11
2 The Three Ages of the Voice 43
3 My Voice is Me 77
4 Vocal Charisma 105
5 Electrifying the Voice 131
6 All the Robots Merely Players 166
7 Beware, the Computers have Ears 197
8 Computer Love Letters 226
Lyric credits 258
Picture credits 259