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Star Trek's iconic computer voice may live on in your phone

Engadget logo Engadget 6/09/2016 Sean Buckley
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Whenever we talk about natural language voice assistants, we invariably draw parallels to the computer on Star Trek. Soon, those comparisons may be a bit more direct: Roddenberry Entertainment has revealed that it has a phonetic library for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the voice behind the Enterprise's computer. "We're working to get her voice for things such as Siri," The company said in a recent Tweet. "Maybe [the] voice of the computer on [Star Trek Discovery]"

If her voice does make it to the new series, it'll be Discovery's second nod to the work of the actress -- the show's main character will be nicknamed "number one," a reference to Barrett-Roddenberry's role in original series' 1965 pilot. If it doesn't, it's still a win for fans: phonetic recordings are perfect for creating voice assistants. If Roddenberry Entertainment is successful, we could all be hearing Mrs. Barrett's voice again sometime soon.


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