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"Siri-ize" Douglas Rain's Voice

May HAL 9000 Live Forever
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Although he's 89, I'm sure he could pull this off. Douglas Rain is the actor who provided the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in the 1968 film "2001 a Space Odyssey".

If I had the money, I'd pay the guy $100,000 to record a full catalog of words and phrases to have a complete voice persona to be used with various AI operating systems.

I'm guessing I'd make my money back on royalties in fairly short order. First, by catering to the generation who recognizes the voice, then to subsequent generations unfamiliar with the genesis of the voice who simply would think of him as "The Computer Voice".

To complete the Siri vocabulary took the voice actor 4 hours a day for about a month, something I believe Mr Rain could probably pull off.

I think he would be very excited and honored to do this and since he was the voice that introduced the world to interactive anthropomorphic AI it would be nice to have naughty old HAL immortalized.

Who wouldn't love to ask Alexa or Siri to order pizza and hear the soothing voice of HAL saying "What kind of pizza would you like delivered today Dr?"

doctorremulac3, Aug 06 2017


       Siri, sing 'Daisy.'
RayfordSteele, Aug 06 2017

       If this were crowdfunded, we would subscribe.   


8th of 7, Aug 06 2017

       Whoa, great idea!   

       I'll contact him.   

       How do I contact him?
doctorremulac3, Aug 06 2017

       Find a glowing LED and start talking. Don't worry, he'll be watching.
RayfordSteele, Aug 06 2017

       Sp.: Sirify
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 06 2017

21 Quest, Aug 07 2017

tatterdemalion, Aug 07 2017

       I tried but I'm gonna need some help with that one.
doctorremulac3, Aug 09 2017

       Appropriately enough, I believe it's in the help file.
pertinax, Aug 09 2017

       Wasn't that cool that thing I saw in that movie wouldn't it be nice if it were real.
RayfordSteele, Aug 09 2017

       I would say that's appropriate if you are saying "Wouldn't it be cool if this were real?" without proposing a method of actually MAKING it real.   

       This is HOW to actually make HAL 9000, at least his voice, an actual, real, functioning tool.   

       I don't believe that my designing a functional thrust mechanism for a flying skateboard would be a WTCTTISITMWIBNIIWR referring to Back To The Future, which features a flying skateboard.   

       When looking at a law, I think sometimes you need to get behind the spirit of the thing. What is this supposed to prevent? I think you're not supposed to say "Make real flying skateboard somehow", or "Wouldn't it be cool if HAL 9000 were a real thing somehow?" not "Method of making flying skateboards real" or "Method of making an actual functioning HAL 9000 voice interface."   

       That's not my take on it anyway.
doctorremulac3, Aug 09 2017

       I agree. Hence probably no [marked-for-deletion] grounds here.
RayfordSteele, Aug 10 2017

       Thank you Ray.
doctorremulac3, Aug 10 2017

       // no [marked-for-deletion] grounds here //   

       Agreed. This is a practical* proposal for using available technology and a living voice artist to create a fully-functioning "HAL" simulacrum.   





       *Quite why something so sensible and practical is on the HB remains unclear.
8th of 7, Aug 10 2017

       Interesting thought on this, I had considered just hiring a voice actor who could perfectly mimic Mr Rain's HAL voice but I believe he, and eventually his estate would need to receive royalties.   

       Haven't checked the facts on this but I believe there was a landmark case where singer songwriter Tom Waits had been contacted to do a snack food commercial and when he turned it down they hired a sound alike. He took them to court and won. I believe an iconic voice such as HAL's would certainly be subject to the same intellectual property protection.   

       That being said, I've done some voice over work in my youth. Wonder if I could pull this off. That would be only if Mr Rain wasn't willing or able to do it. He is 89 after all.   

       Maybe I'll write Mr Rain and suggest he get this done one way or another. I've tracked down the company who did Siri. Maybe I'll contact them as well. Do a matchmaking thing.
doctorremulac3, Aug 11 2017

       Anecdotal evidence tends to suggest that if individuals and companies are offered a sufficiently generous financial inducement, they will do just about anything.
8th of 7, Aug 11 2017

       Love the Kickstarter idea.
doctorremulac3, Aug 11 2017


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