…voices! That’s right, as if your DNA wasn’t enough, Berkeley is now asking all incoming students to submit their voices… for purely experimental reasons, of course! *cough cough*
The University of California at Berkeley is asking its 5,800 new freshmen to submit audio samples of themselves as part of an orientation project. The project is designed to highlight linguistic diversity at Berkeley, where the native language of 30 percent of freshmen is something other than English, organizers told the Los Angeles Times. Students are being asked to record themselves saying several sentences, including “Go Bears!” and ”Don was awed by the hat rack.” Public responses are being plotted on a world map.
Although the thought of giving a government institution my vocal information certainly sends chills down my spine, at the very least the experiment is voluntary. Students can opt-out if they so choose. For that reason, I cautiously give it my stamp of approval.
Check out the official website of On the Same Page for more information about the project.