When Tuesday began, I reported that Roger Ebert would be televised on today’s Oprah Winfrey Show debuting his brand new voice software, a piece of software that would allow him to speak in a way that sounds like the voice we all know and love from his many years as television’s most prominent film critic.
Now that Tuesday is coming to a close, I’m delighted to be able to share this with you. For one, it is a wonderful treat to see Roger Ebert, whom I met briefly at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stepping out into the world and facing the tragic loss of his lower jaw to cancer head on. And two, the short clip below is an incredibly touching moment in which Ebert shows off the new voice to his wife Chaz. It’s incredible to see what man can accomplish through technology, giving voice back to someone who has lost it. I know it seems like such a small thing, considering the problems people around the globe face, but it certainly does give us hope that technology will continue to be advanced for the purposes of good, does it not?
Have a look at the clip below, and watch more clips over on Oprah’s official site. Thanks to Drew at HitFix for pointing us in the direction of this link. His write-up on the event is also very well-done.
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