Computer Sciences

Upgraded Deep Voice can mimic any voice in mere seconds

Via whitepaper which they have uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, a team at Baidu (China's answer to Google) has announced an upgrade to their text-to-speech application called Deep Voice. Now, instead of taking a half-hour ...

Computer Sciences

Google offers update on its human-like text-to-speech system

Google has offered interested tech enthusiasts an update on its Tacotron text-to-speech system via blog post this week. In the post, the team describes how the system works and offers some audio samples, which Ruoming Pang ...

Computer Sciences

How voice assistants follow inaudible commands

An attack against speech recognition systems with manipulated audio files used to work only via a data interface. Now, all it takes is playing the secret messages via loudspeakers.

Internet

Facebook listened to users' conversations: report

Facebook has paid hundreds of contractors to listen to and transcribe snippets of users' conversations, US media reported on Tuesday, amid heightened scrutiny of the social network's data collection practices.

Engineering

Military researchers see non-lethal role for talking lasers

Say what? Laser plasma balls that can talk? The Pentagon? How, and for what? The answer is that instead of beaming a flashing light or shouting over a loudspeaker to keep people away from sensitive areas, new technology is ...

Computer Sciences

Connecting the dots between voice and a human face

Once again, artificial intelligence teams tease the realm of the impossible and deliver surprising results. This team in the news figured out what a person's face may look like just based on voice. Welcome to Speech2Face. ...

Computer Sciences

Are human brains vulnerable to voice morphing attacks?

A recent research study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Computer Science investigated the neural underpinnings of voice security, and analyzed the differences in neural activities when users ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Patent talk: Siri with personalized responses for nice support chops

Different strokes for different folks? An Apple patent idea newly made public could mean Siri would deliver personalized responses depending on who is speaking to it. The patent "User profiling for voice input processing" ...

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