Talk to Me

Talk to Me

Amazon, Google, Apple and the Race for Voice-Controlled AI


Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talk to Me, written and read by James Vlahos.

The next great technological disruption is coming.

The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build a single, world-changing piece of software. They know that whoever gets there first will revolutionise our relationship with technology – and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it voice computing.

Computers that can speak and think just as clearly as humans may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are mere years away from becoming a reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Google, Amazon and Apple who are leading the way to a voice computing revolution. He explores how voice tech will transform every sector of society, handing untold new powers to businesses, and fundamentally altering the way we understand human consciousness. And he even tries to understand the significance of the AI revolution first hand – by building a robotic version of his terminally ill father.

Vlahos’s research leads him to one fundamental question: what happens when our computers become as articulate, as compassionate and as creative as we are?


  • Brilliant and essential . . . You’ll find insights and meaning on every page, and you’ll keep turning them. This book is dynamite.
    NICHOLAS THOMPSON, editor-in-chief of Wired

About the author

James Vlahos

James Vlahos is a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Popular Science, Scientific American, The Atlantic, GQ and National Geographic. He lives in El Cerrito, California.
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