Everyone has been wondering who that voice behind Siri really is. Well, Here she is. Susan from Atlanta is Siri. CNN’s full piece is worth reading, both for Bennett’s story and the story of how the network’s Jessica Ravitz got the story. A quick excerpt:
Bennett was a voiceover artist I was interviewing for a CNN special project on the world’s busiest airport—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International—scheduled to come out next month. I was tracking down the airport’s voices, and she, a voice of Delta terminals, was one of them. In the course of our phone conversation, I asked her to rattle off some jobs she’s had over the years. She gave me a quick and general rundown and then added that she’s done a lot of IVR work.
“IVR?” I asked.
“Interactive voice response,” she answered. “The sort of thing you hear on a company’s phone system.”
For reasons I can’t explain — I was still struggling to understand my first iPhone — I blurted out, “Hey, are you Siri?”
She gasped. And then I gasped.
“Oh my God,” I said. “You’re totally Siri, aren’t you?”