This week on The Pulse, we look at stories about people trying to make it work.
Everyone has had the infuriating experience of talking to an automated machine on the phone and getting the response “I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Did you mean…” Even Siri has her glitches. But in comparison to what the technology used to be centuries ago, today’s talking machines are incredibly sophisticated.
Reporter Todd Bookman takes us through the history of inventors trying to make replicating the human voice work. Wait until you hear the first talking machine — it might give you nightmares.
“And then the customers started catching on to what we were doing,” farmer Steve Landers said. “Now, we got more customers than we (have) beef. We bought more land. We got more cattle. We got more customers and it just stair-stepped its way up since then.”
And during a wildfire in California, one man had to decide to leave his herd of camels, or to stay and face the flames.
Music from this week’s show
Heart of the Country by Paul McCartney
Gelaye by Radio Tehran
A Calf Born in Winter by Khruangbin
Sleep Sound by Jamie XX
All the World is Green by Tom Waits
Dirt by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Aht Uh Mi Head by Shuggie Otis