You know two people in this picture. I’m on the far left. About 20 years later, a director at the BBC told me that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to do TV interviews wearing an earphone connected to a team that fed her statistics, clever answers and sound bites.
I want my whole life to be like that!
I envision an AI system to listen to what’s going on and then prompt me, like a SatNav, with say three alternative suggestions according to different criteria. And I’ll then kick off the response I want my voice synthesiser to use, as a background subroutine, while I’m laboriously typing a customised insert to slot-in after the space-filler – using a hugely-predictive text engine customised to the current context and personalised to my style.
Fortunately, the company CereProc (world experts in text-to-speech synthesis) have already recorded everything they need from me to future-proof my voice. So, I also envision the AI system being clever enough to judge which of my synthesised emotions I should use for different words – conversational, loud, intimate.
Of course, what my synthesiser ends up saying may not be the response, the expressiveness, even the vaguely similar idea, I would have said unaided. I realise that. I also realise that I really don’t care, especially if it makes me look cleverer, or funnier, or simply less-forgetful, than I was before. The joy is, I won’t be faking anything – this will be the real Peter 2.0.
So, in place of ‘Verbal Spontaneity’, read ‘Intelligence Amplifier’…