Rogert Ebert's "Remaking my voice" TED talk

I just finished watching Roger Ebert’s “Remaking my voice” TED talk. If you have an AppleTV, it’s available on the Podcasts section as well.

The talk is amazing. Rarely does a talk make me feel so strongly. I literally ended up in tears. And that doesn’t happen often.

Roger Ebert lost his voice (and most of his lower jaw), after several surgeries for cancer a few years ago. He now communicates through “Alex”, a computerised voice that comes standard on his MacBook. He’s working on a new computer generated voice that uses his own voice taken from previous recordings. Amazing.

He said:

We are born into a box of time and space. We use words and communication to reach out to others

And later:

I feel as if my blog, my email, Twitter and Facebook have given me a substitute for everyday conversation. They aren’t an improvement, but they’re the best I can do. They give me a way to speak

Emotional. Heart-wrenching. Inspirational.