Google Deepmind makes breakthrough in making computers sound like humans

Google parent Alphabet’s DeepMind division has made what it claims is a big leap forward in making computers sound more human. The artificial intelligence start-up, bought by Google for £400 million ($532 million) in 2014, outlined in a blog post on Thursday how its new technology is able to make computer-generated speech sound more natural, and it performs better than Google’s current solution. “Allowing people to converse with machines is a long-standing dream of human-computer interaction,” DeepMind’s blog said. So far, generating speech with computers – known as text-to-speech (TTS) – is based on a process where a large database of speech fragments are recorded from one person and then combined to create a sentence. This makes modifying voices or adding emotion to computer-generated speech difficult. WaveNet, an artificial intelligence…


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