Here’s a great TED Talk by Roger Ebert in 2011. Roger lost the ability to speak due to cancer in his lower jaw. But thanks to technology, he did not lose his voice.
It is interesting to note that the best computer voice is actually the text-to-speech voice “Alex” that come free on every MacOS since Leopard. We are living in an amazing era. Technology are able to help the disabled overcome the limitation of their disabilities.
For me, the Internet began as a useful tool and now has become something I rely on for my actual daily existence. I cannot speak. I can only type so fast. Computer voices are sometimes not very sophisticated, but with my computer, I can communicate more widely than ever before. I feel as if my blog, my email, Twitter and Facebook have given me a substitute for everyday conversation. They aren’t an improvement, but they’re the best I can do. They give me a way to speak. Not everybody has the patience of my wife, Chaz. But online, everybody speaks at the same speed.
Rest in peace Roger Ebert.