WEB & TECH / OCT. 08, 2013
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A Recording Job That Became The Voice Of Siri

The anonymous voice behind Siri has finally been unmasked. The woman who tells you the weather forecast and informs you how many calories are in your food has been revealed to the world. Your robotic personal assistant has shown her face and announced her real name.

Susan Bennett from Atlanta has claimed to be the voice of Apple’s smart voice-powered assistant. The 64-year-old is a voice-over actress who never believed she would be talking to over 100 million people when she first made the Siri recordings.

The many phrases and sentences heard through the application were recorded by Bennett in July 2005. Apple has since selected particular vowels, consonants, syllables and diphthongs and played around with the pitch and sound to deliver what has become a ground-breaking technology today.

Bennett tells CNN that her recording job began as the voice behind 'Tilly the All Time Teller' - the first ATM machine. She continues by announcing that she had "no idea where the [voice recordings for Siri] would end up".

The surprise came in 2011 upon the release of the iPhone 4S. “A colleague e-mailed me [about Siri] and said, "Hey, we've been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn't this you?"' After listening to the video clips on Apple’s site, she knew the voice was undoubtedly hers, “Oh, I knew, It’s obviously me. It’s my voice.”

From a recording job to becoming the voice of Siri, this has been an unexpected career move for Bennett. She referred to identifying her voice as "creepy" and that "it took some time to get used to". 

The very secretive Apple has yet to confirm that this woman is the real Siri however legal representatives say it is indeed her. An audio-forensics expert has also verified that the voice is ‘100 per cent’ Bennett.

There you have it, Siri is a real person! Still feel embarrassed for asking all those pointless and absurd questions like ‘What are you wearing?’ into your iPhone?

 

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