Talk to Me
James Vlahos

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Narrated By: James Vlahos

Duration: 10 hours and 29 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talk to Me, written and read by James Vlahos.

The next great technological disruption is coming.

The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build a single, world-changing piece of software. They know that whoever gets there first will revolutionise our relationship with technology – and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it voice computing.

Computers that can speak and think just as clearly as humans may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are mere years away from becoming a reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Google, Amazon and Apple who are leading the way to a voice computing revolution. He explores how voice tech will transform every sector of society, handing untold new powers to businesses, and fundamentally altering the way we understand human consciousness. And he even tries to understand the significance of the AI revolution first hand – by building a robotic version of his terminally ill father.

Vlahos’s research leads him to one fundamental question: what happens when our computers become as articulate, as compassionate and as creative as we are?


Artificial intelligence, Information technology industries

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James Vlahos has written an excellent book on how voice computing has become more and more of a growing presence in our everyday world.

RAY KURZWEIL, author of The Singularity Is Near

Conversational AI is a genuine paradigm shift in our experience with technology. Vlahos brings the whole story to life . . . A thoughtful and enjoyable read.

TOM GRUBER, co-creator of Siri

Brilliant and essential . . . You’ll find insights and meaning on every page, and you’ll keep turning them. This book is dynamite.

NICHOLAS THOMPSON, editor-in-chief of Wired

The baton of disruption has been passed from the smart phone to voice, and Vlahos helps make sense of this tectonic shift.

SCOTT GALLOWAY, author of The Four

Voice computing is revolutionising the way we interact with our devices. Talk to Me offers a road map showing how we got to this point and the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.