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"I'm strictly an ivory-tower person. I can explain things but I can't do things."
- Isaac Asimov

Robot Voice  
  A voice box for a robot that is an analog of the human voice system.  

Robots were talking in science fiction before this, I'm sure, but none so well.

The robot nodded, "That makes me feel swell, but what are you getting at, Boss?" He was equipped with an excellent diaphragm, and the presence of overtones in the sound unit robbed him of much of that metallic flatness that marks the usual robot voice.
From Catch That Rabbit, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1944
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I hate that metallic flatness.

I have lots of references to science fiction "inventions" (technovelgy!) that are able to vocalize. Go to the top of the page and type "voice" into the search box. Enjoy!

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