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It might be hard to believe now, but when it first came out in 1989, some people didn't really like Back to the Future: Part II. Recognised today as perhaps the greatest film ever made for the silver screen, critics like Gene Siskel called it "very gadget-filled and really noisy in an unpleasant way". Hard to believe today, I know.

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Sometimes a story or idea goes viral because it's too big to be ignored. But more often it's because a single human being passes it along to an audience that's either massive, highly influential, or both. There aren't too many people who can do that.

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Roger Ebert remains one of the most influential voices in film, but when a failed surgery related to thyroid cancer left him without the ability to eat, drink or speak, he had to reinvent the way he communicated with the world.

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Roger Ebert spoke at this year's TED conference about his quest to find the perfect artificial voice to give life to his words, his second "voice" he found on the internet, everything he's endured in between. And, in typical Ebert fashion, it's pretty entertaining.

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Since cancer left Roger Ebert without the means to speak, he's been talking through a computer with a generic intonation. Today on Oprah, Ebert revealed his new voice by CereProc, resourcefully programmed from Ebert's TV appearances and DVD commentaries.