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Google DeepMind Improves AI Speech Capabilities

Monday Sep 12th 2016 by Developer.com Staff

The Google AI has learned how to speak by mimicking human voices.

Google has announced that its DeepMind artificial intelligence (AI) unit has developed a new machine-generated speech engine that is 50 percent better than existing technology. Called WaveNet, the new AI speech engine has learned how to create the same sorts of sound waves that a human voice creates. It sounds much more natural than computer-generated speech created by stringing together recorded human voices.

However, WaveNet does have a big drawback: it requires a huge amount of computational power, which makes it impractical for commercial uses. Still, it's a noteworthy step forward for artificial intelligence.

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