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Siri was Daniel

November 10, 2011

Siri was a man.

The origin of Siri’s voice, Jon Briggs, opened up his voice to The Telegraph, he also told a story on how an Apple PR contacted him to not publicly talk about his involvement in Siri. It was six years ago when Jon started recording “Daniel” for a company called Scansoft, the project was for text-to-speech services, later on Scansoft merged with Nuance, the company who made Siri.

Surprisingly, according to the article, Jon is also the voice of satnav for Garmin, TomTom, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi and Porsche. Thanks to phonics engineering, Jon’s voice in “Daniel” can be replicate or replace, but Jon has his own personal opinion about voice:

“But voice defines how you think about somebody; age, sex, educational background. So changing Daniel would be more than about technology.”

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