In Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 series, the linguist/software engineer/programmer/teacher responsible for the HAL 9000, the world's most sinister AI. His last name is frequently abbreviated to "Chandra." If I was teaching a computer to speak English, I'd settle for that, too.


(A scene from 2010)

Chandra: This is initial voice logic reconstruction test number one. Diagnostics on voice recognition in speech synthesis centres have been completed. At this level, all functions appear normal. (Types)

Hal: (Metallic, mechanical and not at all Hal-like) HELLO...DOCTOR...NAME...CONTINUE...YESTERDAY...TOMORROW.

(Chandra makes some adjustment and Hal tries again, with equally bizarre results).
(The cycle is repeated again, and again, until)

Hal: Good morning, Dr Chandra, this is Hal. I'm ready for my first lesson.

Chandra goes dewy-eyed.

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