Saturday, May 14, 2011

Roger Ebert Gets His Voice Back

Sort of.

If you weren't aware, film critic Roger Ebert no longer has a lower jaw, due to complications from salivary cancer and a broken carotid artery.  He'll never speak again.  But now, emerging technology has pieced together his actual recorded words from his years on television and other sources, and created a computerized voice that, more or less, sounds like him.

It's choppy, but at times you see how far this kind of tool is coming along.  This is great because he is one of the best critical writers of his generation, on film or otherwise.  Here's Roger at the TED Conference "talking" about his story and demonstrating the new voice.  It's worth a look.

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