Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dead celebrities

I don't frequently like to make predictions into the future, at least not past a few days. But, I'm willing to make one. Sometime in my lifetime, businesses will exist that try to duplicate celebrities' voices, including those of the deceased, for computerized speech synthesis. Finally, you could have Majel Barrett read your email to you, or perhaps Fran Drescher for the so inclined.

I would love this service. There are many peoples' voices, celebrities and otherwise, who I'd love to hear more often. For example, I love the voice of the guy who did the voiceovers for the ancient books you'd find in Diablo (it might be this guy; I was thinking it was Tassadar himself, but didn't realize it was also Cain)... I'd love to hear that voice give me all sorts of idiotic status updates, like "you can't delete that file; it's in use by another program" or "you have two thousand three hundred and seventy-six new emails." Or, hey, it's the future; "your pot roast is ready."

If such a service existed today, I think that Sean Connery would be a very popular model, as would various Simpsons and Family Guy characters.

8 comments:

nyomi said...

I rather like our non celebrity-commentated life. The sound of a "beep" gives that perfect impersonal touch to pot roast.

Andy Misle said...

Is this one of those ideas you've had queued up to write about for over a year? :)

Plus, you forgot about James Earl Jones.

nyomi said...

ok...I have to admit, if I could have Patrick Stewart narrate my life, I would.

Travis said...

James Earl Jones and Patrick Stewart would be excellent sellers as well. Wouldn't it be great to be in one room, and then hear a chime and then Patrick Stewart say, "Matt is at the door"?

Travis said...

...and I don't know how long I had that one queued up. I didn't say they were good ideas. :)

Louise said...

One day in the future, my door bell will ring with Michael Dorn's voice....and I will look back and say "I knew the guy who thought up that idea! He's a millionaire now!" Or not...

Anonymous said...

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6983249.html

It's be done.

Travis said...

I'm not surprised... but it looks like a junk patent to me. Otherwise, um, they'd be making a lot of money.