We hear enough voices in our head, so the last thing we need is to hear one more. But apparently, that's what the folks at NanoSyntax are shooting for. They're developing software that will make it easier for a computer to understand human speech so that we could one day talk to our PCs and have them talk back. The technology is being used in automated help lines (Sprint used to have an automated operator that especially annoyed us) and can be used in the future for multiplayer games. The thought of having a talking computer a la George Jetson's Rudy is kinda cool, so long as he doesn't pull a HAL 9000 on us.
New Software Could Give PCs the Gift of Gab [via Sci Fi Tech]