Speech technology videos

Here are some entertaining videos on human-device interaction that could be used in an introductory course.

A video surveying some of the history of text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis (good for a general audience)

Google Duplex

Susan Bennett: Woman behind voice of original Siri (US-English female)

Amazon: “How we make the Alexa voice sound more human-like” (June 2019)

Q, ‘genderless’ voice assistant (https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705395100/meet-q-the-gender-neutral-voice-assistant)

History of ‘MacinTalk’ voice

Parody of older adults using Amazon Alexa (SNL)

Considering the uncanny valley and cue incongruence…. Parody of Alexa with a human body



News articles about speech technology

NYT Article (2016) about the social properties of TTS voices