Modern Living: Creeping Technology

Those who fear that mankind is destined to be replaced by machines now have two more reasons for apprehension:

The Joke Box. The usual vending machine too often acts as if designed only to inhale coins; disgorging candy, soft drinks or peanuts seems beyond its capabilities. On an average day in any city, scores of people can be observed speaking harshly to the armless bandits to no avail. Comes now a machine that talks back. It tells jokes.

One-liners are barked in the voice of Henny Youngman, a comedian of Jessel vintage who has taped...

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