Making a computer voice that "people like"


#1

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#2

“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore.”


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#4

The Speak & Spell voice is perfectly likable. We could have just quit right there.


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#6

The voice D could fit pretty well with the concept of moe anthropomorphism.

My smart house, or my lab electronics controller, could do way worse than with an anime-girl kind of personification.


#7

A masculine [voice] was chosen to sound “objective and natural” and “like a trusted colleague.”

Seems legit. The feminine voice was full of wiles and irrational demands.


#8

Rawr Rawr!


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#10

Why stick only with human voice? Include all communicative sounds that evoke emotion. Go around the valley.

Because selling stuff.


#11

Meow? Meow!!!


#12

:smiley_cat:

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#13

It’s not how Siri talks that bothers me so much as what Siri says.



Disappointing. Very disappointing.


#14

This is maybe only tangentially relevant, but I think the “voice” of the robots in Interstellar was great. Not so much the vocal tone–it sounded like a human because it was a human–but something about the inflection was perfect.

Let’s just have computers text actor Bill Irwin when they need to say something out loud.

[accidental reply, not meant to be directly about the Siri post above]


#15

That last question probably requires an Android phone. I’m told they dream of electric sheep.


#16

I think they could have pulled off a childlike voice with the right mascot:


#17

Tesco recently changed the sound of their self service check outs to a male voice because, apparently, the female voice was as annoying as fuck. How strange we humans are.


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#19

They didn’t ask me; I much preferred the female voice.


#20

I liked the male voice until it wished me a “Happy Christmas”.