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Rupal Patel:
Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

TEDWomen 2013 · 11:44 · Filmed Dec 2013
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Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints
11:44 · Filmed December 2013 at TEDWomen 2013 · Subtitles available in 28 languages

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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People relying on synthetic speech use the voice they’re given, not their own. Rupal Patel created the vocaliD project to change that. Full bio
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