The NPR story follows Northeastern University speech scientist Rupal Patel as she works to develop an electronic voice to replace the generic ones on Samantha’s iPad, a new voice based on the actual sounds that Samantha produces naturally. The voices that currently exist are actually pretty diverse. If you’re imagining the sound of Stephen Hawking’s electronic voice or the computer that gives you the time and temperature over the phone, you might be surprised at what’s out there. But the fact remains that no matter which voice modules Samantha or Schuyler select, they’re not their own. And they know it.