I Hear Dead People! New Voice-Cloning Technology Could Give New Life to Silenced Greats

by Sheila Dharmarajan, Yahoo! News (September 4, 2013)

Ever wonder what it would be like if you could “talk” to your great-great-great-grandchildren? Or listen to Frank Sinatra sing a song that has yet to be written?

That’s the promise of voice cloning — the next generation of text-to-speech technology that could replace the robotic, emotionless computer voices that dominate today. The digital process aims to capture and computerize a person’s distinctive vocal qualities in order to create entirely new speech.

Meet VivoText

Israel-based startup VivoText is at the forefront of voice-cloning technology. “We are focusing on that conversion from written text to spoken text to be as humanlike as possible,” says founder and CEO Gershon Silbert.

A former concert pianist, Silbert doesn’t believe the robotic voices we are familiar with today (Hello, Siri?) are the future of synthesized speech. Rather, he thinks that computer-generated speech expressing emotion will raise the bar. “The human voice to me is like the ultimate instrument … to convey anything you would want to convey,” he says.

So how good does a cloned voice sound? According to Silbert, “good and getting better.”

Read the full article on Yahoo! News.

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