May 9, 2023
Meet Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri.
She’s moved from one gig to the next her entire working life.
With the explosion these days of all things AI, her story is timely.
It’s a cautionary tale of knowing what you’re signing and what that could mean for you in the future. Her story also serves as a valuable lesson for saying “yes”, when presented with new opportunities.
Susan also talks about the process of recording the voice of Siri, what that journey’s been like, and her outlook on the proliferation of AI.
What You’ll Hear:
03:30 Right place, right time…and saying yes!
05:45 Susan’s favourite voice
07:50 How she came to be Siri
08:50 How Apple acquired her voice
09:25 The launch of a new career
10:15 How Susan discovered she was the voice of Siri
11:15 “Flip it to your advantage”
11:44 Recording Siri
13:46 Reading street addresses
14:15 At the time, Susan had no knowledge of what her recordings would be used for
15:03 Most fun things of being Siri
15:41 Meeting Steve Wozniak was the spark for her speaking career
17:15 The original Siri had “attitude”
17:49 The possible downside of being Siri
19:35 Horrified at the discovery that Siri was her voice
20:02 Impacts of AI
24:35 The “niceties” are the lubricants of life
26:24 Susan’s best tip
28:40 “Be positive and embrace the change”
29:02 Remember you have a choice
29:19 The one thing we all have control over: our attitude
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