Kindle 2’s Text to Speech

There’s been some controversy about the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech capability.

You may be wondering how the automated speech actually sounds and how it’s created. NPR explored those questions on “All Things Considered” on Saturday. 

It’s not Hal, but it’s eerily close. 

Does it have the possibility of replacing an actual human reading a book? Replies a speech researcher, “…the technology isn’t even close to that right now — and I don’t see that happening five years from now, either.”

So, maybe six years from now? That’s eerily close, too.

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