Cancer surgery may have cost film critic Roger Ebert his speech, but his familiar voice was resurrected in a much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey this afternoon. Ebert debuted a synthesized voice, developed by a Scottish company that compiled Ebert's DVD commentaries, singled out specific words, and crafted a computer program that delivers what he wants to say.

"It still needs improvement, but at least it sounds like me," Ebert said through his computer as his wife, Chaz, choked up beside him. "In first grade, they said I talked too much. And now I still can."

"Uncanny," he added. "A good feeling."


Listen to Ebert's synthesized speech and his original voice side-by-side.