And So It Begins: Google DeepMind AI Learns How To Talk Like Humans

Advertisement Google has reached a milestone in its DeepMind artificial intelligence (A.I.) project with the successful development of technology that can mimic the sound of human voice. Dubbed as WaveNet, the breakthrough was described as a deep neural network that can generate raw audio wave forms to generate speech. It can reportedly beat existing Text-to-Speech systems. According to researchers in the Britain-based WaveNet unit, the gap in human performance, which could be demonstrated in an actual A.I. — human conversation — is reduced by as much as 50 percent. What is also interesting about the WaveNet technology is that it is capable of learning different voices and speech patterns to the point that it can even simulate mouth movements and artificial breaths in addition to emotions, language inflections and accents.…


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