Meet the real woman behind the voice of Siri

We’ve been asking the name we’ve been asking the name we’ve been asking the name questions all morning long. Questions all morning long. Questions all morning long. I’ll ask it because we’re dying i’ll ask it because we’re dying i’ll ask it because we’re dying to know, siri, who is the voice to know, siri, who is the voice to know, siri, who is the voice of siri? Of siri? Of siri? >> i am the voice of siri. >> i am the voice of siri. >> i am the voice of siri. >> i could have gotten chills. >> i could have gotten chills. >> i could have gotten chills. Her name is susan bennett. Her name is susan bennett. Her name is susan bennett.

Let’s ask her questions. Let’s ask her questions. Let’s ask her questions. Why is one foot longer than the why is one foot longer than the why is one foot longer than the other? Other? Other? Siri, what is the driving time siri, what is the driving time siri, what is the driving time from new york to l.a.? From new york to l.a.? From new york to l.a.? Siri, are you happy to be here siri, are you happy to be here siri, are you happy to be here this morning? This morning? This morning? >> i am sea sorry, michaela, i >> i am sea sorry, michaela, i >> i am sea sorry, michaela, i cannot answer those questions.

Cannot answer those questions. Cannot answer those questions. >> really cool, what a delight >> really cool, what a delight >> really cool, what a delight to meet. To meet. To meet. >> thank you, nice to be here. >> thank you, nice to be here. >> thank you, nice to be here. >> how long did you get the >> how long did you get the >> how long did you get the voiceover gig for the apple voiceover gig for the apple voiceover gig for the apple icon? Icon? Icon? >> this happened in 2005 before >> this happened in 2005 before >> this happened in 2005 before anyone ever thought about an anyone ever thought about an anyone ever thought about an iphone.

Iphone. Iphone. I take that back, steve jobs i take that back, steve jobs i take that back, steve jobs sure thought of it. Sure thought of it. Sure thought of it. The original were text to speech the original were text to speech the original were text to speech voices, whole month of july voices, whole month of july voices, whole month of july 2005, i was speaking all kinds 2005, i was speaking all kinds 2005, i was speaking all kinds of crazy sentences. Of crazy sentences. Of crazy sentences. >> how many words or lines do >> how many words or lines do >> how many words or lines do you record? You record? You record? I’ve asked siri almost i’ve asked siri almost i’ve asked siri almost everything and gotten a lot of everything and gotten a lot of everything and gotten a lot of different answers.

Different answers. Different answers. >> people think they came up >> people think they came up >> people think they came up with the phrases that she speaks with the phrases that she speaks with the phrases that she speaks originally, but originally it originally, but originally it originally, but originally it was just a bunch of sentences was just a bunch of sentences was just a bunch of sentences and phrases that were created so and phrases that were created so and phrases that were created so that every single combination of that every single combination of that every single combination of vowels and consonants and vowels and consonants and vowels and consonants and syllables could be spoken.

Syllables could be spoken. Syllables could be spoken. >> pieced together and this is >> pieced together and this is >> pieced together and this is sort of a typical way of sort of a typical way of sort of a typical way of voiceover you’re a working voiceover you’re a working voiceover you’re a working voiceover artist and these are voiceover artist and these are voiceover artist and these are the recordings that do you.

The recordings that do you. The recordings that do you. Did this one seem different? Did this one seem different? Did this one seem different? Did you have a sense it would did you have a sense it would did you have a sense it would become the cultural phenomenon become the cultural phenomenon become the cultural phenomenon or crutch? Or crutch? Or crutch? >> this was not typical because >> this was not typical because >> this was not typical because i’ve mostly done a lot of radio i’ve mostly done a lot of radio i’ve mostly done a lot of radio and television commercials and and television commercials and and television commercials and narrations and all that kind of narrations and all that kind of narrations and all that kind of thing.

Thing. Thing. No, it was something very no, it was something very no, it was something very different. Different. Different. What happened before the what happened before the what happened before the text-to-speech i did something text-to-speech i did something text-to-speech i did something for lucent technologies, and for lucent technologies, and for lucent technologies, and they had me wearing this thing they had me wearing this thing they had me wearing this thing called a larygiograph that was called a larygiograph that was called a larygiograph that was around my neck.

Around my neck. Around my neck. >> sounds terrible. >> sounds terrible. >> sounds terrible. >> i found is fascinating, i >> i found is fascinating, i >> i found is fascinating, i said i’m in. Said i’m in. Said i’m in. Lucent went away and that never lucent went away and that never lucent went away and that never happened but eventually they did happened but eventually they did happened but eventually they did the text-to-speech and of course the text-to-speech and of course the text-to-speech and of course back in that day we didn’t have back in that day we didn’t have back in that day we didn’t have any clue back then it sounded any clue back then it sounded any clue back then it sounded like this, it was robotic and like this, it was robotic and like this, it was robotic and hard to imagine that in just six hard to imagine that in just six hard to imagine that in just six years it would have smoothed out years it would have smoothed out years it would have smoothed out to the point that — to the point that — to the point that — >> how often do you

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