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It's more man than machine now.
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Cyborg?
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Cyborg? No
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LOL! Very funny, Visconti. So nothing to do with Victor Stone then? Or just not the TV show Teen Titans version?
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LOL! Very funny, Visconti. So nothing to do with Victor Stone then? Or just not the TV show Teen Titans version? Correct, No to everything so far
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Was it originally a machine? Did it serve a relevant purpose?
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Was it originally a machine? Yes Did it serve a relevant purpose? Yes
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Is this a common machine? Like a computer? Is artificial intelligence relevant? Robots?
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Is this a common machine? Like a computer? yes Is artificial intelligence relevant? no Robots? no
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Is the advent of laptops relevant? The steadily decreasing size of computers? Microchips relevant? Touch-screens?
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Is the advent of laptops relevant? no The steadily decreasing size of computers? no Microchips relevant? no Touch-screens? no
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Is the widespread use of computers relevant? And that it's spreading farther? Does this apply to all computers? Laptops? Desktops? Macs? PCs?
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Is the widespread use of computers relevant? no And that it's spreading farther? no Does this apply to all computers? dont think so Laptops? yes Desktops? yes Macs? yes PCs? don't think so.
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Speed relevant? Memory?
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Speed relevant? no Memory? no
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Is any particular part of the computer more relevant than the rest? Or is the computer as a whole relevant?
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Is any particular part of the computer more relevant than the rest? if you mean part=keyboard vs the monitor vs a video card or something, then no Or is the computer as a whole relevant? yes
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Is the length of time people spend online relevant? Social networking? The Internet? This forum?
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Is the length of time people spend online relevant? Social networking? The Internet? This forum? no to all
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Is the size of the computer relevant? How thin it is?
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Is the size of the computer relevant? no How thin it is? no

Correnting a potential FA: I think my answer of 'yes' to the 'computer as a whole' question might be misleading. It's more about what the computer does than it's physical apperance.
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The computer...allows information to be accessed faster?
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The computer...allows information to be accessed faster? no
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Relevant what older computers could do? Newer ones?
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Relevant what older computers could do? Newer ones? this
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Communication relevant? E-mail?
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Communication relevant? forgot what the latpuzzle shorthand is for this, but what is your definition of 'communication'? try reasking, but you're starting down the right track I believe... E-mail? no
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Instant messaging? Skype? Chatrooms? Verbal communication? Or visual? Communication with people you know? Famous people? Twitter (blegh) relevant?

I believe the acronym you are seeking is "DOYD".
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Instant messaging? Skype? Chatrooms? Verbal communication? Yope Or visual? Communication with people you know? Famous people? Twitter (blegh) relevant? no to all except the Yope

I believe the acronym you are seeking is "DOYD". ty
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Voice editing relevant? Autotune?
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PDAs relevant? Smart phones?
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Voice editing relevant? close, but still have to say 'no' Autotune? no

PDAs relevant? no Smart phones? no
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Voice recognition software? Voice-activated computers?
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Voice recognition software? on the right track, but still 'no' Voice-activated computers? no
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Voice-controlled computers?
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Voice-controlled computers? no
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I think my 'on the right track's have been confusing. hint: there no microphone involved at all. it's something that i found out while using my computer the other night. kind of freaked me out, made me think 'this is more man than machine now'.
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Audio recordings?
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Audio recordings? no
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iTunes relevant? With the whole "recommendations" idea?
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iTunes relevant? no With the whole "recommendations" idea? no
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The audio relevant - is it spoken voices? Music?
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The audio relevant - is it spoken voices? this Music? no
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Is it a radio show? Some dramatic performance?
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Is it a radio show? no Some dramatic performance? no
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Is it more than one voice?

Could you please recap?
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Is it more than one voice? no

Could you please recap?
Sure. The other night I sat down at my computer. I did some work on it, and something that involves audio happened and made me think "whoa, this is acting more human than before". I was not recording my voice, nor was I doing any audio or video editing or anything like that. There's nothing special on the computer (no piano keyboard, etc), and I think what happend would only occur on Mac laptops and desktops.
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Talking dictionaries?
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Talking dictionaries? Close! ...but still no
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Some feature of the computer which talks back to the user?
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Some feature of the computer which talks back to the user? Yes.
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Is it like a "screen reader" for the visually impaired?
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Is it like a "screen reader" for the visually impaired? I wasn't using it like that, but yes, it reads text allowed. What made me think 'this is acting more human before'?
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Does the computer read the text back without a prompt?
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Does the computer read the text back without a prompt? no, you highlight the words and choose for it to speak.
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Is it able to determine homonyms correctly? Or does it mistake them?
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Is it able to determine homonyms correctly? maybe, but not what i was thinking Or does it mistake them? no
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Does it speak in less of a robotic voice than before?
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Does it speak in less of a robotic voice than before? yes, so close, but it also did something else... c'mon, Balin, put this one to bed. Look the title of the puzzle, capitalize the "P"
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Does it do verbal spell-checking? Grammar-checking? Is it acting like a grammar Nazi?
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Does it do verbal spell-checking? Grammar-checking? Is it acting like a grammar Nazi? none of these
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Does it speak in a recognizable human voice? Like the voice of a famous person?
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Does it speak in a recognizable human voice? no Like the voice of a famous person? no
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to previous questions: the voice is a lot more human than it used to be… for one reason…
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Does an actual human record the voices now?
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Does an actual human record the voices now? No, it's still a digitized algorithm of some sort that speaks the voices, but something has changed in the programming to make it sound more human.
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Does the change in programming affect anything other than the voice? Does it read the text as a whole rather than each individual word? Making it sound more natural?
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Does the change in programming affect anything other than the voice? yes Does it read the text as a whole rather than each individual word? no Making it sound more natural? No
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Does the programming change affect the speed at which the text is read? Does it go slower? Faster? Does it sound clearer? Jumbled?
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Does the programming change affect the speed at which the text is read? Does it go slower? Faster? Does it sound clearer? Jumbled? all great questions, but none of these

Where's all the other help on this? It's really not a technical 'answer' to this.
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Does the programming change the tone of the voice? Does the voice sound more masculine? More feminine?
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 3:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the programming change the tone of the voice? Does the voice sound more masculine? More feminine? None of these
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 8:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the voice use inflection? For punctuation? Is the voice in a certain accent?
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 8:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the voice use inflection? For punctuation? it uses punctuation as a trigger for something Is the voice in a certain accent? none of these, hint: it has nothing to do with the voice, per se. for example, it pronounces the word "hello" as it always has.
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 8:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it stop at punctuation? To actually make a sentence? Rather than continuing onwards?
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 9:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it stop at punctuation? To actually make a sentence? Rather than continuing onwards? It will speak a full sentence and use punctuation (pauses, etc) like before, but there's one key thing it does now that it didn't do before. What it does makes it sound more human. Seem to be going in circles here, want a $poiler hint or do you want to press on? Where's you're help? Someone seeing this with a fresh set of eyes will likely get it, I think you're just stuck.
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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 11:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it pause for a breath now and then?
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Does it imitate laughter, coughing, anything like that?
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Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 2:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it pause for a breath now and then? YES!
Does it imitate laughter, coughing, anything like that?
*********** SPOILER ****************
I was working on my resume the other day and wanted to hear what it sounded like, so I read it aloud to myself. But then I realized if I highlighted the text there was a Speech option. After listening to it, I noticed it sounded a lot more realistic than I rememebered text-to-speech used to sound. I had to listen to it a few times before I realized that the 'computer' was stopping to take an audible breath.

If its reading a few sentences, and one sentence is long, it will take a bigger breath. Or if it anticipates a long sentence coming up, it will take a big breath before reading the sentence. It's really quite odd, but makes it sound a lot more human.

From Apple's website:

Alex (the name they gave the new speech) sounds just like the rest of us
Thanks to Apple's new speech technology, Alex’s voice more closely matches the nuances of human speech, so you can more easily understand the meaning of longer text passages in books, articles, and news stories.

In fact, when Alex speaks a long passage, you’ll even hear him breathe. Apple built human lung capacity and human sentence parsing into its speech synthesizer, so Alex would sound more like us when he speaks. The synthesizer inserts a breath based on a variety of factors: appropriateness, the structure of the text being read, the time since the last breath, and the time until Alex finishes speaking.



Thanks for playing everyone, especially Balin who drove this thing most of the way. I knew someone would swoop in at the end.

Oh, and the title, "The police were on to something," was in refrence to the band The Police's song "Every Breath You Take"
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Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 2:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

...and now that song is stuck in my head.

Great puzzle - that's a clever technological idea!
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Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 2:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When I read about it online, the phrase "Apple built human lung capacity..." kind of gave me chills.

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