AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot
You’ll have to open your ears to experience this bit of deepfake coming from the wild realm of synthetic media. A digital representation of Albert Einstein — with an artificially synthesized voice (re)created by using AI technology to create voice clones based on audio recordings from the famous Sc…
It’s up to you to open your ears to hear this piece of deepfake coming from the wild universe of synthesized multimedia. A digital representation of Albert Einstein — with the sound of a synthetic voice that’s been (re)created with AI voice cloning technology based upon audio clips of Einstein’s real voice.
The company that is that is behind”the “uncanny valley” audio deepfake of Einstein is Aflorithmic (whose seed round we reported on on February).
The video engine that powers the 3D character rendering elements that make up the “digital human” version of Einstein is part of another synthesized media firm -the company – UneeQ — who hosts the chatbot-like version of Einstein through its site.
Alforithmic claims that”the “digital Einstein” is intended to show the possibilities that are coming using conversational social trading. This is an euphemism for saying that deepfakes that look like historical figures could try to sell pizza in the near future enough as industry observers have already warned.
The startup also states that it is interested in bringing long-dead, famous figures to live an interactive “life”.
It’s an artificial approximation with the “life” being purely virtual and Digital Einstein’s voice being an actual clone powered by technology; Alforithmic says it also collaborated with an actor in order to create voice models of the bot (because what else is going to be able to get Digital Einstein to be able to speak in a way that the real Einstein could never have even thought of using, such as”blockchain, “blockchain “?). There’s more than AI technology at work here also.
“This is the next milestone in showcasing the technology to make conversational social commerce possible,” Alforithmic’s COO Matt Lehmann told us. “There are still more than one flaws to iron out as well as tech challenges to overcome but overall we think this is a good way to show where this is moving to.”
In the blog article explaining how they created Einstein’s voice, the startup describes the progress it’s made in one of the areas that is a part of the chatbot version — that is, they were capable of reducing the time between the moment it receives inputs by the computer-generated knowledge engine and the API’s ability provide a voice-generated response. This reduced the time from a starting point of 12 seconds to under three (which it calls “near-real-time”). It’s not perfect, but it’s enough of delay to ensure that the bot doesn’t get away from becoming a little slow.