Evan Beard

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Evan Beard

I'm from Annapolis, MD. I work at A+ and live in NYC. I also angel invest through Reactor Capital.

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Could Siri change the way we speak?

September 22, 2012

I was in my car today, and pressed my makeshift bluetooth Siri button to make a call. "Call David Wehrs" I said. But I heard myself pronounce my friend's last name with a rather awkward accent, drawing out the H, and I wasn't sure why. Until I heard Siri repeat back to me, "Calling David Wehhhrs". I had said my friend's last name the same way that Siri had repeated it back to me many times before.

I wonder if the software engineers working on these text-to-speech interfaces consider that the pronunciation that results from their many lines of code can change the way that people actually speak. With Apple alone predicted to sell over 1 billion iOS devices by 2015, this seems like a subtle eventuality.