Majel Barrett may voice USS Discovery ship computer

Majel Barrett may voice USS Discovery's computer

Majel Barrett – Voice of Starfleet

Star Trek fans rejoice. It looks like Star Trek: Discovery may be getting the same voice featured in every series, and a few of the movies; Majel Barrett.  A tweet posted by an insider just a few days ago hints at what could be in store for us.

Majel Barrett played Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In addition to her characters, most fans instantly recognize her voice as Starfleet’s computer voice.  Her vocals are featured on each of the USS (and NX) Enterprises, the USS Defiant, USS Voyager, and countless other vessels.  Barrett has literally voiced hundreds of Star Trek episodes over the years.

The voice of the computer has become synonymous with Majel Barrett.  So when she passed in 2008 it was difficult to picture who would, or even could, take her place as Starfleet’s computer voice.  Rod Roddenberry recently hinted that his mother may indeed return as ship’s voice of the USS Discovery.  Rod is son of Majel Barrett and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

So there you have it.  Barrett’s voice was captured phonetically – making it possible to synthetically reproduce words in her voice.  It’s actually already been used in parts of the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie by J.J. Abrams.

It’s nice to know that there was forethought put into this and that Majel Barrett was willing to allow her voice to continue on with the mission of exploration.  And what a great way to be able to immediately tie-in Star Trek Discovery with the other series in the franchise.

Star Trek PADD and Apple iPad
Star Trek predicted a lot of technology, including the iPad by Apple.  That may go further if the voice featured in Star Trek’s computers gets ported into Siri on Apple’s devices.

Serendipitous Siri

Also mentioned is Siri, the iPhone and iPad’s built-in assistant.  If that were to happen, it’s an interesting twist of events.  Star Trek has always been known for pushing the boundaries on technology, envisioning what the future may hold.  Steve Jobs, for example, was quoted as saying the Apple iPad was inspired by the pad computer devices in Star Trek.

It’s interesting that those same devices may end up with the same computer voice on them that, in part, drew the original inspiration for their creation.

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Cassius Adams is the creator of ncc-1031.com and is a content contributor. He has been a Star Trek fan for nearly three decades. Cassius discovered his passion for the franchise early into TNG's run, and nourished that passion throughout DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies. Cassius can be reached by emailing cass@ncc-1031.com or you can follow him on Twitter at @supercass