That radio DJ you hear might already be a robot

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Oakland/Los Angeles, California, December 2 – Andy Chanelli, host of The Afternoon Drive at 88.5 KCSN, a Southern California public radio station, has been a radio DJ for over 32 years. And now thanks to artificial intelligence technology, his voice will be alive in many places simultaneously.

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“I may be a robot, but I still like to rock,” the robot DJ named ANDY says in Chanelly’s voice, derived from artificial neural disc-jockeys, during a performance for Reuters, where the voice was difficult to distinguish from human DJs. ,

Our phones, speakers and rice cookers have been talking to us for years, but their voices have been robotic. Seattle-based AI startup Wellseed Labs says it has mastered the technology so far to create more than 50 real human voice avatars like ANDY, where the creator only needs to type text to make a narration.

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Jack Zalon, CEO of Los Angeles-based AI startup Super Hi-Fi, said Andy will be integrated into its AI platform that automates music production. So instead of a music playlist, ANDY can DJ the experience, introduce songs and talk about them.

The next step will be for AI to automate human-generated text as well. “This is really the victory that we think is going to take it to the next level,” Zalon said.

Andy Chanley.
Micah Smith
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This achievement could raise concerns of deep imitation as AI is proven to imitate people in real time.

“On a weekly basis, we have a team of content moderators who will cancel accounts,” said Martin Ramirez, head of development at Wellseed. “If you are creating content that is not in line with our values ​​and our ethical claims, then bye. It is so straightforward for us.”

Ramirez said that once the Voice avatar is created, Wellsaid Voices manages the commercial agreements according to the owner’s requests. Velsaid Voice Avatar is doing more work than DJ’s. They are also used for corporate training materials or even reading audiobooks, Ramirez said.

For Chanelli, leaving behind a voice avatar has been of added importance, since his recovery from stage 2 lymphoma, which he discovered two years earlier, while he was recording his voice.

“Maybe that was the way my 11- and six-year-old, if things didn’t go the way I wanted them to, I might never forget what I’m like,” Chanley said, in her voice of emotion. . “Elvis Presley fed his family long after he left. Maybe, you know, what might someday be like sending my kids to college.”

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