What would it be like to have no voice of your own? VoiceID technology is an amazing leap!
Some say the human voice is like the fingerprint of the soul, yet many people in the world have no voice due to medical or neurological conditions.
Luckily, a great bit of technology existed for decades called the synthetic voice, which affords voiceless folks the ability to communicate more easily with the world The world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking has been the poster boy for the original synthetic voice.
Chances are even if you aren’t familiar with Hawking’s fame by name, you’ll probably recognize his “voice” if you listen to the man talk for a few seconds. (Check out a little bit of his TED Talk, if you need a refresher on his voice, or a great insight into questioning the universe.)
While it’s fabulous for voiceless people to be given a better chance at verbal communication, unfortunately, until recently, the same voice as been used by every 10-year-old girl, 75-year-old man, and anyone in between who could not speak for themselves.
Imagine being at a conference of sorts specifically for people who cannot speak! All conversations would be in a single, synthesized tone, no matter the age or gender of the speakers! It would sound surreal (and maybe a bit irritating from the voiceless person’s perspective).
The problem is made even more curious by the fact that all around us nowadays, lovely, less-robotic/more-individualized synthetic voices are becoming a part of everyday life: we’re constantly bombarded with soothing voices on our GPS systems, floor notifications in elevators, or when we’re conversing with Apple’s Siri, just to name a few.
Why would pleasant voices be reserved for such gadgets?
This article was extracted from Ever Widening Circles. Read full story here;