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Notes on synthetic speech - Tink - Léonie Watson

This is a fascinating deep dive by Léonie on the inner workings of speech synthesis. She has quite a conundrum: she wants fast playback, but she also wants a voice that doesn’t sound robotic. Unfortunately it’s the robotic-sounding voices that work best at speed.

If you’re interested in this topic, I highly recommend listening to (or reading) the accessibility episode of the Clearleft podcast which featured Léonie as a guest giving demos and explanations.

Talking out loud to yourself is a technology for thinking | Psyche Ideas

This explains rubber ducking.

Speaking out loud is not only a medium of communication, but a technology of thinking: it encourages the formation and processing of thoughts.

VocaliD

You know how donating blood is a really good thing to do? Well, now you also donate your voice.

SpeechBoard | Home | The easiest way to edit podcasts

This is quite impressive—you edit the audio file by editing the transcript!

To the Class of 2050 - The New Yorker

Remember: life is ten per cent what happens to you, ten per cent how you respond to it, and eighty per cent how good your reflexes are when the Tall Ones come at your throat with their pincers.

Our Future in the Cosmos—Space

A speech given by Isaac Asimov on the future of humanity in space.

Speechification

A blog of all the best bits of Radio 4.

hyperpeople » Blog Archive » Mob Rules (The Law of Fives)

The text of Mark Pesce's excellent presentation at Web Directions South.

The Dilbert Blog: Good News Day

Scott Adams lost the ability to speak but by hacking his brain through the use of rhyme, regained it again. Paging Dr. Sachs, paging Dr. Pinker.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Actor Baker becomes voice of text

Former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker is to be the voice of a talking text message service for three months.

When Blobjects Rule the Earth

Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech

Reboot 7.0 Hall A, speakers saturday

Audio from Reboot 7. Ben Hammersley, Cory Doctorow and more.