Google has had Celebrity Assistant voice for six months, and another one might be on the way. John Legend is the first Celebrity voice and others are likely to follow. In the age of Deepfakes, Apple will have little choice but to add voice impersonation to a future Siri.
Hello, Mr. President
Celebrity Assistant doesn’t work exactly as you might think and for now it’s available only on Android devices, but the idea is sound. Instead of a nameless, almost gender-less, somewhat non-descript voice as your personal assistant, you could choose from a variety of, well, celebrities.
Google’s Android voices include– as of early this week– Sydney Harbour Blue, British Racing Green, Pink, Purple, Blue, Cyan, Green, Amber, Orange, Red, and, of course, John Legend. The latter is the celebrity voice which seemed to be limited but now has expanded.
Celebrity voices will be a thing. That’s my prediction.
That brings up the obvious follow-up questions; What voices would Apple make available? Would third-party voices be an option? And, importantly, what voices do you want to hear first?
Some might want a sexy Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter or a sultry Christine Diane Teigen as their personal assistant. Personally, I would pay extra for a President Trump voice, just so I can tell him what to do.
George Clooney likely would show up on a few lists. Will Smith, too. Daniel Craig, Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson make my list. That brings up another issue.
Is it possible to create a celebrity voice for celebrities who have died?
Would you pay to have Robin Williams be your Siri? Again, in the age of Deepfakes, the technology is there. My fear for Siri should be Apple’s fear. Siri is close to becoming a cliche, but with an option for a celebrity voice– not named Siri– or even multiple non-Siri-like voices, Apple creates what amounts to the most personal of all personal computers.