Since cancer left Roger Ebert without the means to speak, he's been talking through a computer with a generic intonation. Today on Oprah, Ebert revealed his new voice by CereProc, resourcefully programmed from Ebert's TV appearances and DVD commentaries.
Later in the show (not captured here), Ebert walked us through his Oscar picks. For the most part, the digital voice was still fairly robotic. No one is going to be mistaking this early computer rendition for the original—not yet.
But there were moments—simple syllables and phonemes—that were unmistakably his own, being rendered in real time. As you can see, it was enough to bring tears to his wife's eyes.
What a world we live in. [Oprah]