Artificial Intelligence System Learns to Realistically Mimic Sounds

Like us on Facebook Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab are teaching computers about the relationship between sound and vision. The team has created an artificial intelligence system that can not only predict what sounds are linked to certain images, but can mimic those sounds itself. Popular Science reports that they’ve created a deep-learning algorithm so skilled at re-creating sounds that it can even trick humans—a kind of “Turing Test for sound,” as the researchers describe it.  In order to teach the computer about sound, researchers recorded 1000 videos of a drumstick hitting, scraping, and tapping different surfaces. All in all, the videos captured some 46,000 sounds. Using those videos, the computer taught itself which sounds matched up to specific images—for instance, learning to distinguish between the…


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