AT&T Research Labs has a message for you. "Fucky sucky 5 dollar? Me love you long
time!" Wait a minute -- that message came from a renegade hillbilly scientist,
hijacking technology from AT&T Research Labs...
See, at their web site AT&T researchers are demo-ing a technology that synthesizes voice
and video for your text messages. Watch and hear your
words spoken by George W. Bush, Mary Tyler Moore, Harry Potter -- and over a hundred
others. Even, apparently, by images you've uploaded yourself.
Yep, that's the fun part. "The models in the Open Public and other 'PlayMail' galleries
are contributed by 'PlayMail' users," the site warns in small print. "The content of
these galleries is not owned or endorsed by the 'PlayMail' service." Select the naked 500-pound blond woman -- then cut-and-paste text
from a US Wives.com porno spam. Throw in some excerpts from "Big Ass Smotherland
Smash", Mr. Bad's fetish classic from 1998.
"Your dreams of smotherhood shall be fulfilled," the AT&T animatron coos... With
carefully placed emoticons, she even smiles after "Me love you long time."