Just who is ‘Siri?’ The voice behind the iPhone
If you’re one of the millions of Americans with an iPhone or iPad, you know who Siri is or at least you’ve heard her voice.
Some find her helpful, others find her annoying.
So who is she?
Susan Bennett; she is the voice of Siri.
She said, “The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, ‘Isn’t this you?’”
Bennett said because she didn’t have the newest version of the iPhone, she went to the Apple site to hear for herself.
“That’s when I heard the voice and I went, ‘Oh, that is me!’”
She said she started her life as a machine quite young.
“I was the voice of ‘Tillie’ the all-time teller, the first ATM,” she said.
The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month.
“So when I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up,” Bennett said.
Her voice can be heard on many GPS and telephone systems.
“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest, it was a little creepy,” Bennett said. “But, this real thing that you can interact with in your hand was a little, it took some time for me to get used to it.”