Pizza is like sooo cool! I’ll eat a pizza any time of day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner it’s okay. The computer is a prototype for a vocal prosthesis which Dr. Eulenberg is working on which will enable people with vocal impairment
to communicate on the telephone. The working end is a typewriter and television
screen and a speaker for the computer’s voice. Mission last night was to order a pizza using
the computer’s voice. Handicapper Donald Sherman operated the machine
while a small audience waiting expectantly.>Domino’sHello?Did you want to order a pizza?Address?>>JOHN EULENBERG: He hung up Domino’s lost their chance to make history Four tries later, someone chanced it and took
the call seriously>Mr. Mike’s. May I help you?Oh, Okay!Sorry, we didn’t understand what was going on.Okay. We didn’t understand what was going on here. It’s just that…” *I’d like to order a pizza.*>Okay.Okay. It’s all right. We’ll take your…Okay. Sixteen-inch?Sixteen-inch?Okay. What would you like on it?Okay. Pepperoni and mushrooms.Anything else?Ham. Okay.Ham and sausage. Anything else?Okay. Now, this is for a pickup or a delivery?Okay. Is this for a delivery?Okay.Where should we deliver it to?Okay. Where in the Computer Center? What room?Um, need a name on this? Person to deliver it to?Um… We need to know [beep] who to deliver it to.Okay?Sherman?Could you spell that?Would you spell that please?[REPEATS] S H E R …M A NSherman. Okay.Could I have a phone number please?Where we can reach you.Okay. The price on that pizza is $6.25.The delivery time is presently between a half-hour and forty-five minutes,and we accept no personal checks.Ok, thank you

Donald Sherman orders a pizza using a talking computer, Dec 4, 1974
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100 thoughts on “Donald Sherman orders a pizza using a talking computer, Dec 4, 1974

  • March 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm
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    I can't imagine taking that call, lol.

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  • March 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm
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    LOL "Say goodbye, Alexander" …….. enough time passes for a cup of coffee and taking a sh*t ……. "Goodbye Alexander" xD

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  • April 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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    I ' D L I I I I K E T O O O o o R D E R A P I Z Z A

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  • April 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    Is that Pam Halpert giving the TV report at the end?

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  • May 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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    He paid with Bitcoin, back when it was $0.0000000001.

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  • May 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm
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    My favorite part is:
    – Say goodbye, Alexander
    – Goodbye, Alexander.

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  • June 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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    We need to know where the f*ck to deliver it to! Haha!!

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  • June 22, 2017 at 7:03 am
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    Very interesting video. If you like Vocoders and Synth Voice algorithms, see this program that I made years ago with Matlab https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/4097-sub-band-vocoder-script

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  • July 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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    Yes Dominos really missed out on this one

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  • July 25, 2017 at 4:23 am
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    He must have been high as fuck to not be phased by a computer ordering pizza.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 4:51 am
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    from pizza to sois

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  • August 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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    So this is what happened to Hackerman!!!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/KEkrWRHCDQU/maxresdefault.jpg

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  • October 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    Awesome

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  • October 25, 2017 at 10:15 am
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    1970's pink guy

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  • November 30, 2017 at 5:15 am
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    When you order a Domino's Pizza online, it shows you the status of the pizza as it is being made, baked, and delivered.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    john madden

    john madden

    JOHN MADDEN

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  • December 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    braille n speak ready to take your order.

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  • December 29, 2017 at 6:51 am
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    a nice moment in history, thanks for the vid

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  • January 8, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    The prototype version of the Stephen Hawking voice confirmed!

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  • January 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    хаха =)

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  • February 2, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    DAAAAISY, DAAAAAISY! GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER, DO!

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  • February 5, 2018 at 5:00 am
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    would be helpful if he could type. Great clip though!

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  • February 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    That computer grew up to be Steven Hawking.

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    Kudos to MSU… And Mr. Mike

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  • February 19, 2018 at 3:50 am
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    Joshua: Shall we play a game?
    David Lightman: Oh!
    Jennifer: [giggles] I think it missed him.
    David Lightman: Yeah. Weird isn't it?
    Jennifer: Yeah.
    David Lightman: [typing] Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?
    Joshua: Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?
    [Jennifer laughs]
    David Lightman: [typing] Later. Let's play Global Thermonuclear War.
    Joshua: Fine.

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  • February 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    wow!

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  • March 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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    6.25 for a large 4 topping pizza :O

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  • March 16, 2018 at 10:07 am
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    Domino's pizzas are cheaper now than in 1974.

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  • March 30, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    I know that if I'd gotten that call, I would automatically adopt some faux NASA/5-0 jargon."Afirmative! We are monitoring this call on our instruments.""Roger that, east of the administration building. Standing by for your name.""I'm ready for the transmission of the spelling""Be advised, Pizza is 6 dollars""Order confirmed for CMSU Computer Center. Over and out!"

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  • April 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm
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    lemme get that shit 🅱️oneless

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  • April 9, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    Congrats to you John Eulenberg and Jerome Jackson on being the first to develop and implement a prosthesis system that could actually be used in a real world setting outside of a lab! Fantastic!

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  • April 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    I love that poor guy that keeps getting interrupted

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  • April 11, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    Freaking Brilliant! Kudos to the pizza dude who thought out out what was going on!

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  • April 22, 2018 at 3:44 am
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    $6.00 in 1974 is $32.13 in today's money

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  • May 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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    and, after 44 years… Google Assistant can make the orders for you by calling. Tech is reaching the impossible
    https://youtu.be/pKVppdt_-B4

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  • May 9, 2018 at 4:24 am
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    Fun fact: that speach system was actually arin hanson

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  • May 9, 2018 at 5:33 am
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    I'm surprised the pizza guy could even hear the order over the sound of all those nerds patting themselves on the back during the call

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  • May 9, 2018 at 6:05 am
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    The part about this that struck me the most was the 7-digit phone number. Phone numbers haven't had seven digits since I was in kindergarten.

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  • May 13, 2018 at 6:38 am
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    the demonstration of Google Duplex brought me here

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  • May 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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    2018 Google assistant duplex …

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  • May 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm
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    If only they knew…

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  • June 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm
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    They could've at least videotaped this historic pizza when it was delivered and consumed. Or even preserved it in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View!

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  • June 20, 2018 at 1:35 am
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    Stephen Hawking ordering pizza

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  • June 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    I was fascinated with synthetic speech when I was a kid, as I discovered the TRS-80 Voice Synthesizer in the late 70s. It paved the way for the Voice Internet Service that I am doing now that reads email and web pages over the phone. The Domino's guys obviously hadn't come across a person ordering a pizza with a speech synthesizer, and didn't understand they had to wait for the caller to type stuff out.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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    In this day and age, delivery orders are done for many places through a website or a mobile app. So it doesn't matter if you're speech-impaired. But this video dates back to the 70s, and everything is done by voice phone calls. I actually prefer doing it online, because it's easy for me to key in an order, and faster than talking to a person, and it's in writing, so I know they won't hear me wrong.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 4:43 am
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    this is amazing. AMAZING. I just watched the new google assistant feature that makes appointments and the entire thing. So I remember I once watch this. So great, so amazing…

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  • July 14, 2018 at 4:36 am
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    Amazing

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  • July 23, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    My battery percentage is at 74%

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  • August 1, 2018 at 2:31 am
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    that pizza dude was so high, only a smoker could take the robot for serious

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  • August 25, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    5:10 – "Okay, the price on that pizza is $6.25"
    It's a mystery how college students haven't invented a time machine yet.

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  • September 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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    Google duplex A.I. assistant early version

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  • September 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm
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    It helped the receiver of the caller to explain what was going on. Few people had heard a voice like that at the time

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  • September 28, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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    here comes an earthquake ebrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbr john madden brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbr

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  • September 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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    Y’all hating on the typed when he was actually handicapped. Y’all need to chill 😂

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  • October 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    Talking moose orders a pizza

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  • December 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    I remember playing around with those speech programs back in the day with a commodore 64 lol but at a price of $6 to $10 million each for the 6500 series that was a bit up there I read.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    I'D LIKE

    TO ORDER A PIZZA

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  • February 10, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    there is no proof they ever got their pizza..

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  • February 11, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrdsss

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  • March 10, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    Hey Google, say hello to your grandfather.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    I wonder if they are using phonemes or actual digitized words..

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  • March 18, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    Shockingly good sound recording dude

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  • March 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    If it wasnt for these people we wouldnt be where we are technologically.
    So amazing.

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  • March 19, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    I understand it's for science and it's new technology and guy is less able (I feel pity for him), but can you be more quick, can't watch all these hungry scientists behind your back waiting for pizza.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    Prank call in the name of science

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  • March 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    That guy in glasses – is this Hackerman from "Kung Fury"?

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  • March 25, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    Lmao just think that back in those days it was easier to imagine creating a robotic voice to order ur pizza over the phone than to imagine a world where u send an http packet from ur computer to a server. Ppl rly didnt see the internet coming. Now you don't even need the phone to order a pizza! U use Google chrome.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 7:21 am
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    and now we have google assistant that can order pizzas for you itself

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  • March 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    Synthetic speech is a really fascinating topic, and believe it or not but it has actually been around ever since the 1800s, although it was in those days for obvious reasons not computerized nor electronic. However I cannot help but to wonder what the people in the clip above would have thought about the Google Assistant of today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh3w33dPiG8&t=0s
    As the clip is from 1974, the people in it should still be alive, and it would be a really cool to hear them remember and comment on the technology back then versus the voice technology today.:D

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  • March 29, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    FU Dominos lol

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  • March 30, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    I love how the computer cuts off the pizza guy every time he tries to respond at first 😂😂😂

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  • March 31, 2019 at 9:58 am
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    And today, we have Google Duplex . . .

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  • March 31, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    'Handicapper' is right- his responses were diabolically slow. He didn't seem to have had much keyboard time under his belt anyway…

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  • April 2, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Just amazing.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    oh those acustic dialers . ohm myyyy,. would u like to play a game ? global thermonecular war. good.

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  • April 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    $6.25 in 1974 is a bit expensive.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    Why won't you let me order a pizza, Dave? Just what do you think you're doing, Dave? I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    using computers to communicate? pfft, it'll never catch on

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    1969 Land on moon
    1974 Order pizza digitally
    We're going backwards!

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  • April 10, 2019 at 12:49 am
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    Can't stop looking at its hair.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    That's an expensive pizza by 1974 standards!

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  • April 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    I'm sorry. I can't do that Dave…

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  • April 14, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Sounds like my alcoholic room mate trying to order pizza.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    And now google is working on AI that can make appointments for you. lol

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    Who pictured a strap on mouth dildo when they said "vocal prosthesis"?

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    Computer's an Ahole

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    Picture all these stoned Domino workers taking this call….. FAAAARRRRKKK MMAAHHHNN I'm freaking out!

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    "Can you spell that?"
    "Yes"
    …..
    "Would you spell that please"
    I FFF lost it

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  • April 16, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Stephen Hawking treats wait staff like trash.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    "it may not be long before we all can use computers to communicate" honey, you have no fricking idea

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  • April 20, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    This is Fantastic Shame on Dominos

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    "One day we could all use computers to communicate…." Pffft, never gonna happen.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    $6.25 for a large 4 topping pizza ain't too bad if you ask me

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    $6.25 !! THAT was amazing.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    World's first soundboard prank? 😛

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  • May 25, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    Adjusted for inflation using the Bureau Of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, as if April 2019 that pizza would cost: $34.27

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  • May 28, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    I did something similar back at university my first year, hooked up an amiga audio out to the dorm phon, then called various places, 7-eleven, pizza places, other dorm rooms, etc. Everyone trying to figure out who called who first so they blamed it on the computer. They were right

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  • June 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    $6.25, nah forget it I changed my mind!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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    Google Duplex?

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