★Machine language: how Siri found its voice

Posted in ニュアンス, 音声認識 by shiro on 2013年10月2日


Machine language: how Siri found its voice | The Verge


For every Siri, there’s an actor sitting in a sound booth, really needing to go to the bathroom or scratch an itch. Once that person finishes her job, she can go home. But her voice has only begun its journey.

The text-to-speech industry is extremely competitive, and highly secretive.

Getting a computer to assemble a human-sounding voice is a herculean task.

These early robotic voices sounded robotic because they were totally robotic.

At a bare minimum, he says, it would be nice if voice systems like Siri understood the users’ emotional state and reacted accordingly, the way a human attendant may adopt a soothing voice to deal with an enraged customer, for instance.

How Siri found its voice | The Verge

Allison Dufty がステキだ・・・

While the tech sector gets excited about the future of speech, there is one group that is surprisingly not psyched about it: voice actors. That’s right, the very people supplying the raw materials. The reason might be they just don’t understand the implications. Although there are actors, like Day, or Allison Dufty, a voice-over actress who has done many jobs for Nuance, who are willing to speak publicly about their work, those actors are few and far between..

How Siri found a voice | Dave Mark

I’ve always been fascinated by Natural Language Processing (parsing language into a computer understandable form) and speech synthesis (turning raw text into an human sounding spoken voice). Siri is an example of both of these technologies at work.

This article and the video below does a terrific job filling in some of the blanks on how tech like Siri evolved over time and how it works.