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Lyrebird - Create a digital copy of voice
As pioneers of this technology, we believe that we have the responsibility to guide its launch to developers and the general public. We have worked hard to create principles that accurately reflect the values we espouse as technologists. We have sought the insights of machine learning researchers, our investors, ethics professors, and many others.

Our tech is still at its early stage but it will likely improve fast and become widespread in a few years - it is inevitable. Therefore the key question is more about how to introduce it to the world in the best possible manner so that the risk of misuse is avoided as much as possible. This is the approach that we consider the best:

First, we want to raise public awareness to make people realize that the technology exists by releasing audio samples from the digital voices of Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
Second, we want to ensure that your digital voice is yours. We are stewards of your voice, but you control its usage: no one can use it without your explicit consent.

Imagine that we had decided not to release this technology at all. Others would develop it and who knows if their intentions would be as sincere as ours: they could, for example, only sell the technology to a specific company or an ill-intentioned organization. By contrast, we are making the technology available to anyone and we are introducing it incrementally so that society can adapt to it, leverage its positive aspects for good, while preventing potentially negative applications.
Voice  Digital  Replicas  OnLine  WebApp  Beta  MachineLearning  AI  audio  generation 
2 hours ago by abetancort
STOP PAYING FOR YOUR HOME PHONE – Let Google do it for Free! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myWCZxFGSSA ;;;
tags; STOP PAYING FOR YOUR HOME PHONE – Let Google do it for Free! - YouTube | googleVoice voice ;;;
STOP  PAYING  FOR  YOUR  HOME  PHONE    Let  Google  do  it  Free!  -  YouTube  |  googleVoice  voice  box  ObiHai 
10 hours ago by neerajsinghvns
Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9
Apple is pretty cool consistent in anemic features versus alternatives, but like the Windows says. Of course, when Apple nails the opinionated workflow, you appreciate it:

“Since Apple revealed HomePod, it's been clear that the company is focusing more on sound quality and the music-listening experience with this smart speaker than Siri's capabilities as a home assistant. That's why Apple's device is so much more expensive than most Amazon Echo devices and the Google Home and Home Mini speakers (although Google does have Home Max, its own high-end smart speaker). However, HomePod will not launch with an important music feature: multi-room audio and stereo. Apple states that this will come to HomePod later this year through a free software update, allowing two or more HomePods to play the same audio throughout an entire home or specific room.”
siri  apple  speakers  voice 
12 hours ago by cote
Everyware : The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
Adam Greenfield's design principles for IoT (at the time, he referred to it as Everywear—this was in 2006) hold up nicely today:

- Principle 0, is, of course, first, do no harm.
- Principle 1. Default to harmlessness. Ubiquitous systems must default to a mode that ensures their users’ (physical, psychic and financial) safety.
- Principle 2. Be self-disclosing. Ubiquitous systems must contain provisions for immediate and transparent querying of their ownership, use, capabilities, etc., such that human beings encountering them are empowered to make informed decisions regarding exposure to same.
- Principle 3. Be conservative of face. Ubiquitous systems are always already social systems, and must contain provisions such that wherever possible they not unnecessarily embarrass, humiliate, or shame their users.
- Principle 4. Be conservative of time. Ubiquitous systems must not introduce undue complications into ordinary operations.
- Principle 5. Be deniable. Ubiquitous systems must offer users the ability to opt out, always and at any point.

We could all do a lot worse than taking those as a base line. (Tipping my hat to Thomas Amberg for the pointer.)
newsletter  thingsconnl  iot  design  voice 
16 hours ago by thewavingcat
How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak | News | The Guardian
2018-01-23, by Jordan Kisner,

"Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate?"
voice  technology  human  communication 
16 hours ago by eric.brechemier
The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home | The Verge
NSA could build a profile of your voice from assistants (if it's not already on YouTube or social media).

"NSA could appeal to platforms to scan their own archives, arguing they would be helping to locate a dangerous terrorist. It would be similar to the scans companies already run for child abuse, terrorism or copyright-protected material on their networks, all of which are largely voluntary. If companies complied, the issue could be kept out of conventional courts entirely."
NSA  surveillance  voice  assistant 
yesterday by dandv
Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”
Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”
archive  privacy  voice  nsa 
yesterday by gdw
Story Speaker by Mike Lacher & Nicole He - Voice Experiments
Story Speaker lets anyone create talking, interactive stories with no coding required. Just write your story in a Google Doc, push a button, and every Google Home device linked to your account can play it, instantly.
audio  fiction  gaming  google  googledocs  googlehome  interactive  interactivefiction  stories  storytelling  voice  tools  extensions  experiments 
yesterday by eugenexxv
I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly
Voice synthesis tech that can copy your voice is here - well, almost. We took a closer look at how it works, and what the dangers of this technology are.
voice  ai 
yesterday by geetarista
Wit.ai
Natural Language for Developers
api  development  language  voice  bot 
yesterday by chrismasters
Alexa, we’re still trying to figure out what to do with you | The Seattle Times
A management-consulting firm recently looked at heavy users of virtual assistants, defined as people who use one more than three times a day. The firm, called Activate, found that the majority of these users turned to virtual assistants to play music, get the weather, set a timer or ask questions.

Activate also found that the majority of Alexa users had never used more than the basic apps that come with the device, although Amazon said its data suggested that 4 out of 5 registered Alexa customers have used at least one of the more than 30,000 “skills” — third-party apps that tap into Alexa’s voice controls to accomplish tasks — it makes available.
echo  widgets  stats  voice  fail 
yesterday by dancall

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