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Stephen Hawking's Voice Now Available As Open Source Software

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    Professor Stephen Hawking arrives for the Interstellar Live show at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, Monday, 30 March, 2015.

    Stephen Hawking is known for his brilliant theories involving black holes, quantum mechanics ... and One Direction. He is also known for his distinctive voice.

    Now Intel is making that voice available to the public for free. The technology -- called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) -- was developed over three years by Intel Labs for Hawking, who has suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he was 21 years old. 

    Since then, it has allowed Hawking to share his views on everything from God to artificial intelligence.

    "Our hope is that, by open sourcing this configurable platform, developers will continue to expand on this system by adding new user interfaces, new sensing modalities, word prediction and many other features," Sai Prasad, the ACAT project owner, wrote on Intel's website.