Robots receive a scary new voice, courtesy of Google’s DeepMind

Whatever you may think of the robotic voices foisted upon the world thanks to Google Voice Search and Siri, you’re unlikely to mistake them for human voices. For years, the state of the art in computer speech synthesis has been stuck at a fairly low level. However, new software called WaveNet, from the brainiacs at DeepMind, is setting a high watermark in the field of speech synthesis and giving AI a voice eerily similar to that of a human. For years robotics have spoken about something called the uncanny valley – the creepy feeling one gets when observing a robot that is too mechanistic to be mistaken for a human, but not quite mechanical enough to be distinctly robotic, either. Perhaps one reason there has been no parallel concept for robotic…


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