Roger Ebert ‘Speaks’ On The Oprah Winfrey ShowPublished by Starr Rhett on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 11:00 am.
Roger Ebert appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, where he “spoke” publicly for the first time since losing his voice and jaw as a result of various surgeries in a battle with thyroid cancer. He used what was described as a state of the art text-to-speech computer that allowed him to speak based on recorded samples of his original voice. It also injects inflection into his speech so that he doesn’t sound monotone. I found a clip of him from the show, explaining how the technology works. See/listen for yourself:
I like that his wife is very supportive of him. However, the voice still sounded robotic. The technology is cool, and I know there’s no such thing as a man made miracle, but I think its capability of replicating his voice was hyped up. But having that is better than having to be silent for the rest of his life. Technology is getting so advanced that I wonder if one day, doctors will be able to give him a prosthetic jaw. It won’t replace his voice box, but at least he’ll be able to have other functionalities of having a floor to his mouth. I guess it’s really true that you don’t know what you have ’til it’s gone.
Did you catch him on the show? Were you amazed by the technology, creeped out or not impressed at all?