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A few years later I had designed and installed a board room AV system for an LA based petroleum company headed by a well known philanthropist/business man/art collector. This system was used for board room meetings, some of which were confidential, so I was sent out to the hall, which was lined with the CEO's Renaissance paintings. While out there one time the CEO was in a telephone booth being importuned by relatives to attend a wedding. (I had really no place to go where I could not hear.)
I thought about that, the veneration and the avidity of the descendents and relatives for the advice, etc. of the 'great man', and then of the artificial vocal tract. At that time we were just starting to get AI expert systems. So I conceived of a product:
THE VOICE OF (FILL IN THE BLANK)
With the artificial vocal tract and the AI program I could offer the very wealthy a product that would allow their descendants to avail themselves of the wisdom of their ancestor. I described this joke system to another small enterprise CEO with whom I had worked to develop the Digital Editor for the 3M Digital Audio Mastering System. I told him: "The marketing plan is simplicity itself! A direct appeal to the vanity of the rich! He said "You had better be careful."
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