OpenAI mimics human voices

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The Future. OpenAI revealed a new tool dubbed “Voice Engine,” which can clone a person’s voice using only a 15-second recording. Coupled with its video-generator, Sora, Voice Engine could give people the power to become a one-stop production studio… for better or worse.

Clone generator
Open AI is mastering mimicry.

  • Users will be able to upload a recording with text of whatever they want to say, and the system will spit out a synthetic reading in their voice… in almost any language.
  • The tool isn’t available to the public yet (just like Sora) as the company gathers tests on how the tech can be abused. (Hint: there are a lot of ways…)
  • OpenAI said that it was working on a way to watermark synthetic voices and add security layers that prevent people from cloning the voices of politicians or other public figures.

The system is currently testing with a handful of companies, such as Spotify (which has used the tool to translate podcasts from creators like Lex Fridman) and Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (which used it to replicate the voice of a patient who lost her voice due to a brain tumor). Those are definitely positives.

Not so positive: OpenAI is already asking banks to find an alternative to customers using voice authentication to access accounts… for the obvious reasons.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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