From inspirational utopian dramas to intergalactic horror films, there’s one recurring idea that pops up all the time in classic movie sci-fi: we want to talk to computers. And we want the computers to understand us. Sometimes, we even want them to talk back to us. It just makes everything feel futuristic. Plus it gives characters opportunities to move around a scene, and do stuff with their hands, while they work.
Fortunately, real scientists and engineers have already been working for decades on ways for us to talk to our computers and have them understand, without any mashing of keyboard buttons or clicking of mice.