The Guardian: How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak. “Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate?” By Jordan Kisner.
“Last November, Joe Morris, a 31-year-old film-maker from London, noticed a sore spot on his tongue. […]
The image revealed a tumour like an iceberg. It was rooted deep in the base of Joe’s tongue, mounding upward and out, its tip breaking the surface just where the telltale sore was located. […]
“You’re going to lose two-thirds of your tongue,” the doctor was telling him. “This is going to seriously affect your ability to eat. And your speech.”
Joe wanted to know how the surgery would affect his speaking. Would he have a lisp?
The doctor hesitated, and then looked at his hands. “Your family will still be able to understand you.””
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