The Roger Ebert Test for Synthesized Voice →

March 09, 2011 |

Last Friday Roger Ebert, the movie critic who lost his ability to speak several years ago after his lower jaw was removed, used a [computer-created voice]( to tell a joke to an audience of over 1,000 people at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A great example of technology at the service of human beings. Probably the very reason why I started this site.

"If the computer can successfully tell a joke, and do the timing and delivery, as well as Henny Youngman, then that’s the voice I want,” Mr. Ebert said.

Truly inspiring.