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"...you stupid machine!"

Machine: "Take the second exit onto klounz road"
pocmloc: "It's klou-NEZ you stupid machine"
Machine: ... <parses example pronounciation>
<stores for future use>
<shares online with its robot masters for reprogramming all other machines>

Presumably there would be a system to stop hilarious wags gaming the system by shouting spoof names. Perhaps the network would aggregate a lot of corrections; perhaps one's shouts would be weighted based on ones general overall social credit as scored by detailed AI monitoring of ones online and real-world offline communications and actions.
-- pocmloc, Jan 03 2019

"Take the second exit onto klounz road."

"It's pronounced klou-NEZ, actually."

"I've always called it 'klounz'"

"Yes, but it should be pronounced klou-NEZ. It's from a dialect word meaning 'watermeadow'"

"Oh, hark at Mister bloody Know-All. I've only lived round here most of my life, after all."

(long silence)

"Where now ?"

(long silence)

"Where now ? Do we turn again ?"

"What ? Are you talking to me ?"

"Yes, do we have to make another turn ?"

"How should I know ? After all, I can't even pronounce the names in my home town properly. I can't be expected to navigate, can I ? I don't know why I came."

"Errr, well, you were the one they invited ..."

(long silence)

"What's wrong ?"

"Nothing".

(silence lasting remainder of evening)

Even a SatNav that mispronounces EVERY name is better than that ...
-- 8th of 7, Jan 03 2019



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