In the January 7th issue of New Scientist, Sam Blackburn talks about Stephen Hawking’s synthesized voice.
“I guess the most interesting thing in my office is a little grey box, which contains the only copy we have of Stephen’s hardware voice synthesiser. The card inside dates back to the 1980s and this particular one contains Stephen’s voice. There’s a processor on it which has a unique program that turns text into speech that sounds like Stephen’s, and we have only two of these cards. The company that made them went bankrupt and nobody knows how it works any more. I am trying to reverse engineer it, which is quite tricky.”
The above paragraph is sublime.
Turning ourselves into cyborgs is not going to be as easy as everyone thought. In our plans for posthumanism does anyone ever consider how much we will be paying when someone has the patent on the human heart?