By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Seeing is believing (II)

You have got to watch this excerpt from “Oprah” of Roger Ebert “speaking” to his wife, Chaz, using a synthesizer programmed with clips from Ebert’s own voice (via @anamariecox).

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  1. Mike Coughlin

    Pretty amazing. Thanks for posting it Dan.

  2. Thanks, Dan. Ten years ago voice technology was just that, technology, a robot-like sounding expression of letters in combination, disembodied and not individualized. This is remarkable, made all the more so because the company had so many of Ebert’s recordings to use in building his machine. We speak of a writer’s voice, but the reclamation of the human sound when it had been lost is extraordinarily stirring.

  3. that Esquire story is must-reading… inspiring!

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