Exposed! We Now Know The Woman Behind The Voice of Apple’s Siri

October 8, 2013  |  

A screenshot from the “Red Chair” interview with “Siri”

She’s told us if there were thunderstorms in our future. She knows exactly where the nearest Italian restaurant was located. She knows virtually everything. And she’s virtual. If you’ve got an iPhone 4S or later, you know Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant who lives in your device. The voice Siri remained a mystery for two years… until now!

Her name is Susan Bennett, Parade reports. The CNN program “Red Chair” (clip below) revealed that Bennett is a 64-year-old voice actor from Atlanta. Although Apple won’t confirm if CNN has got the right woman, the news network seems all-too-certain that Bennett is Siri.

“Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri,” CNN said. “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.”

In the interview, Bennett said she began her career has a voice actor nearly 40 years ago. Bennett was the voice behind “Tillie the All-Time Teller,” the first ATM machine. “She had no idea she’d someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone,” CNN added. Her voice can be heard on countless mobile devices, GPS systems, and even in Delta airport terminals.

So why did Bennett decide to come forward after all these years? Well, tech blog Verge uploaded a video that led many users to believe that a woman named Allison Dufty was the mystery woman behind Siri. Bennett, who spent four hours every day recording her voice to construct Siri back in July 2005, believed it was finally time to end all the speculation:

“I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time. And then this Verge video came out … And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time.”

Unfortunately, with Apple coming out with a new mobile operating system and a new Siri voice, Bennett as the voice of our era is slowly coming to an end. “She is passing the telephonic torch to a new Siri,” CNN added.  “Bennett would be lying if she said she wasn’t a bit disappointed, but in her field of work she’s learned to expect evolution — and even revolution.”

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