Dell Technologies was founded on the belief that technology and collaboration have the ability to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, break down barriers and create opportunity for all. For the past 38 years, we’ve been working with our customers and partners to come up with bold ideas to truly drive human progress. That’s why when our partner Rolls-Royce came to us and Intel with an idea to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with motor neurone disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the United States, we were honored to jump in and help.
MND is a devastating disease that slowly strips away a person’s ability to eat, move, speak and breathe over time – and there’s no cure. Their mind, spirit and soul are still there, but by losing their ability to communicate they lose a piece of their identity. Voice banking is an often complex and time-consuming process to record a person’s voice to later develop a digital replica to help them communicate as they start to have difficulty speaking.
That’s why we partnered with Intel, Rolls-Royce and the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the United Kingdom to create “I Will Always Be Me,” a touching and immersive eBook that banks your voice as you read it out loud. The story beautifully explains the condition, their experience battling the disease, and in and of itself serves as the foundation for voice banking technology. The book transforms an often-difficult conversation and emotionally tolling process into a meaningful experience with loved ones for a lasting impact. We hope to change the perception of voice banking and encourage more individuals to do so early in their diagnosis to preserve their identity as the disease inevitably takes over.
Dell Technologies and Intel set a goal to help individuals bank their voice in the United Kingdom this year, and some have already started the process. Watch their experience here:
I’m constantly amazed at the humanity that can be unlocked with technology. When we come together with a common goal, belief or passion, we can have a lasting impact – not only for individuals with MND, but for the world at large.
To learn more about the program, or if you are a person or know a person living with MND in the UK, please visit the website to start the recording experience.