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The Real Voice of Siri Is a Woman in Suburban Atlanta

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She'll find you a restaurant, then give you directions there; she'll tell you what time it is, how many appointments you have today, and what the weather's like. But ask her what she's wearing and you won't get very far. She'll also let you know if you're being a bit self centered. Her name is Siri, a.k.a. Susan Bennett, and she hails from Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Although several reports earlier this month mistakenly identified the voice of Siri as Allison Dufty, CNN reports that Bennett is the real deal.

From CNN:

Apple won't confirm it. But Bennett says she is Siri. Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri. And an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience has studied both voices and says he is "100%" certain the two are the same.

CNN reports that she has 20+ years of voice over experience, talking for companies including Delta, Ford, Coke, Fisher Price, McDonald's and more. She says she recorded hours upon hours of random words and sentences in 2005 for a company called ScanSoft, which "unconfirmed research suggests" eventually became Siri. Also, though completely off-topic, the comments on the CNN article are a hoot.
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