Video

Watermelon Box, 3.

Steve Reinke

1991, 00:46 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 345.008

In 1953, J.C.R. Licklider, a computer scientist at Harvard, created the watermelon box, probably the world's first speech-understanding machine. It consisted of a microphone attached to four circuit boards. Each circuit board recognized a particular vowel sound. A red light on the top of the box lit up whenever anyone said the word 'watermelon'.

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