The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true.
Brenda Jensen is speaking again, after ten years using an electronic voicebox, thanks to an ambitious larynx transplant. And before you ask—it's her own voice, and not that of the larynx donor, even though that would be cool.