Monday, 11 February 2019

She Is Called Alice. Not Henry.

"Alice" is the machine on the right - an artificial voice that simulates the sound pressure of a human voice talking into a telephone.
The more than 7.000.000 phones Western Electric makes for the Bell System each year, at our Indianapolis and Shreveport plants, must respond perfectly to every sound she makes before they pass inspection.

Alice is just one of many testing devices Western Electric uses to make sure every piece of telephone equipment we make for the Bell System communications network functions the way it's supposed to.
Because that network is so reliable, you can call almost anywhere, and reach the one number you want out of millions in seconds.
If you're wondering why we named her "Alice" instead of "Sam" or "Henry" - can you image giving a man's name to a machine that always has the last word?

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