Science: Let It Ring!

To telephone slaves a Swiss robot now promises freedom. Its name: Ipsophone. This amazing, almost human instrument automatically answers phone calls, gives and takes messages, rebuffs unwanted callers with a busy signal, records long conversations, and faithfully plays back everything it has heard whenever its master chooses to listen.

The instrument, which includes an ordinary telephone receiver, a wire recorder and a push-button control box, is the first fully automatic telephonograph. If its owner is busy or out, the gadget patiently waits out four rings, then croaks: "This is the Ipsophone, Blank Company, Mr. Smith's office. Attention. Please speak-now." If the caller...

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