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Voice interface in Star Trek TNG

by Critical Commons Manager

Voice commands have long been characteristic of the way commercial cinema imagines the future of computer interfaces. Ironically, in this first appearance of Picard's famous order for "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot," the system fails to respond correctly. The economy of Picard's language signifies an unnecessary abandonment of natural speech when dealing with mere computer servants, which works against the show's commitment to blurring boundaries between artificial and biological intelligence in other contexts.

Star Trek TNG, Contagion - "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

First appearance of Picard's famous line, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." In this clip, the command exposes malfunctions in the ship's system.

from Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 211 "Contagion" (1989)
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted by Critical Commons Manager