Revealed: The Original Voice Behind Siri Recorded in 2005

Susan Bennett, the first voice of Siri, recorded in 2005, shares her story. Discover more about Siri’s evolution and upcoming updates.

Susan Bennett might not be a household name, but her voice is widely recognized as the original voice of Siri in the United States. Siri, the virtual assistant, was launched in October 2011 alongside the iPhone 4s.

In celebration of the iPhone 4s’s second anniversary, Bennett first shared her experience of voicing Siri. She spent four hours daily recording nonsensical syllables and phrases, which were then processed to create the familiar Siri voice.

Recently, Bennett was interviewed by CNN’s Laura Coates amid a dispute involving OpenAI and actress Scarlett Johansson. Johansson accused OpenAI’s chatbot of imitating her voice without consent, while the voice actor for the chatbot denied any instructions to mimic Johansson.

During the interview, Bennett revealed that her recordings from 2005 were intended for phone message functions. She only discovered her voice was used for Siri when a colleague pointed it out after the iPhone 4s release.

Apple is expected to unveil significant updates to Siri during the WWDC keynote on June 10, showcasing new AI advancements.

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Revealed: The Original Voice Behind Siri Recorded in 2005

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