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TED Talks: Season 2014

2014x30 Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints
TV-PG

  • 2014-02-13T06:00:00+01:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.

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