He might not be a household name, but you’ll quickly recognize actor Phil LaMarr as characters like Hermes on Futurama, and Jack in Samurai Jack. He also played a pivotal role in Pulp Fiction, and was a regular on MADtv. Great Big Story recently sat down to chat with Phil.
The Royal Institution shares a 1985 lecture by professor David Pye as he shows off a vintage analog device which allowed a skilled player to synthesize sounds that approximated a human voice. He then showed off what was then state-of-the-art electronic speech synthesis.
The great Stephen Hawking appeared in a skit made by UK charity Comic Relief. It’s about him looking for a new voice for his text-to-speech device. Sadly, none of the correct options were available: Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, or Gilbert Gottfried. It’s not rocket science.