So, this past weekend I got a new smartphone. The Mrs. decided that it was time she joined the 21st century and traded in her flip phone for a smart phone, and since we were upgrading the plan anyways, I spent $100 and upgraded to the iPhone 5.
In addition to being faster, having a larger screen, and faster data access, the iPhone 5 also has Siri. This is the voice-recognition software that allows you to talk into the phone's microphone rather than typing text into searches. It also allows "texting" someone by speaking what you want typed. Yeah, I know, it's bassackwards - if you want to talk to someone to convey information, use the phone as it is intended, yadda yadda yadda.
Anyways, it got me to thinking (always a frightening concept). Can the reverse be done? It would seem to be a not-terribly difficult process to take typed speech and convert it to spoken word, like a modern version of teletype (well, no, but you get the idea). I'd wager it's already out there in one form or another.
So, are you pondering what I'm pondering? I'm thinking an entire line of celebrity voices - imagine Saffron from Firefly breathlessly reciting your texts. The possibilities are endless, from having Mel Blanc's Looney Tunes to Darth Vader to any number of options. I would imagine that there should be a short paragraph or two that would need to be recited by a voice actor to get all the tones needed, then sampled into full text.
Who would you want reading your texts and messages to you?
That is all.
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