Now You’re Talking: the Story of Human Conversation for Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Professor Trevor Cox from Acoustical Engineering, University of Salford

Being able to speak is what makes us human. Neanderthals may have had some form of protolanguage and birds can mimic speech, but only mature humans have that killer combination of anatomy and cognitive ability to hold conversations. As we chat we give away cues about ourselves, as our voice is part of our identity. And if speech what makes us human, what happens when computers begin to join in?

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