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I just read online that the telautomaton which Tesla demonstrated at the old Madison Square Garden used a voice recognition system that allowed it to respond to his verbal commands.  Is this really true?

This online account is a perfect example of the grossly distorted history that occasionally arises regarding Nikola Tesla. In truth, the boat's functions were controlled by changing the position of a rotary switch mounted on a box which contained the system's radio-control transmitter.  (See figure 9, "Method of and Apparatus for Controlling Mechanism of Moving Vessels or Vehicles"

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