Computer Voices

This weekend I came across multiple articles relating to voice synthesis. Since I spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff I found them interesting given the different customer each is targeting.

In a Bloomberg article, VocaliD was highlighted about how Rupal Patel’s company is working on personalizing synthesized voices for those who are unable to speak.

In his New York Times article, John Markoff talks about how the voice for IBM’s Watson was created and the factors that played into how the voice sounds. Keeping the voice out of the uncanny valley was of high importance and influenced the final character of Watson’s voice.

Another related article in the New York Times discussed the major virtual assistants like Siri and Amazon’s Echo.