How To Order a Pizza with a Computer in 1974


Even in 1974, our laziness and yearning for pizza knew no bounds. So, for the first “high-tech sociolinguistic experiment” of its kind,┬ácomputer scientists Jerome (J.J.) Jackson and John Eulenberg of Michigan State University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developed a system for ordering a pizza with a computer.

Using type-to-speech conversion, a phone hooked up to an old-school modem attempted its first order with Domino’s. Lucky for our scientists, Domino’s lost patience for the robot voice and long awkward pauses, and hung up. Eventually,┬áMr. Mike’s Pizza took the order for a 16″ pie with mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, and sausage. Success!!

[via BoingBoing]

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