If you don’t have a voice, who speaks for you? Today there are more than 60 dif­ferent options for people who need to use syn­thetic voices to com­mu­ni­cate, but for the majority of people who use them, there is a single answer to that ques­tion: “Per­fect Paul.”

Rupal Patel, a speech sci­en­tist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, esti­mates that between 50 and 60 per­cent of the people who use syn­thetic voices use the same one — the Per­fect Paul voice. If you have ever heard Stephen Hawking speak, or lis­tened to the weather radio, you have heard the voice of Per­fect Paul.

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