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Ronald AshriThe AI-Powered Workplacehttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5476-9_8

8. Conversational Collaboration Platforms

Ronald Ashri
Ragusa, Italy
I vividly remember the first time I saw a Telex1 machine in action. It was the late 1980s on a visit to my dad’s office. The machine noisily disrupted a quiet office by spurting out paper, furiously printing text as it went along, with someone hovering on top of it in anticipation of what the message was about to say. “It’s a message from the office in Heidelberg,” that person shouted. This weird machine, in an office in the UK, was woken up by a machine hundreds of miles away because someone was typing in Germany. Once the entire message made it through, it was read out loud, ...

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