Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Got It Right When He Spoke To His Computer On The Starship Enterprise

For anyone who’s ever seen an early episode of Star Trek, recall Captain Kirk speaking to the “computer,” even using that keyword to summon the computing power of the Starship Enterprise to answer a complex question requiring an expeditious answer. Ever since Gene Roddenberry introduced his sci-fi interpretation of the future, we’ve been chasing that dream, for as early as 1952, Bell Labs scientists introduced “Audrey,” a system that recognized spoken numeric digits.

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