That radio DJ you hear might already be a robot, Tech News News & Top Stories


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Andy Chanley, the afternoon host at Southern California public radio station 88.5 KCSN, has been a radio DJ for over 32 years. And now, thanks to artificial intelligence technology, his voice will live in many places simultaneously.

“I might be a robot, but I still love to rock,” says robot DJ named Andy, derived from Artificial Neural Disk-JockeY, in Chanley’s voice, during a demonstration for Reuters where the voice was hard to distinguish from a human DJ. .

Our phones, speakers, and rice cookers have spoken to us for years, but their voices are robotic. Seattle-based AI start-up WellSaid Labs said it has perfected the technology to create more than 50 real human voice avatars like Andy so far, where the producer only has to type text to create the narrative.

Mr. Zack Zalon, CEO of Los Angeles-based AI startup Super Hi-Fi, said Andy would be integrated into his AI platform that automates music production. So instead of a music playlist, Andy can DJ the experience, present the songs and talk about them.

The next step will be for the AI ​​to automate the text created by humans as well. “It really is the triumvirate that we believe is going to take this to the next level,” Zalon said.

This achievement could raise concerns about deep-seated counterfeits as AI perfects its imitation of people in real time.

“Every week we have a team of content moderators who will cancel accounts,” said Martín Ramírez, Head of Growth at WellSaid. “If you are creating content that is not in line with our values ​​and ethical claims, farewell. It is that easy for us.”

Mr Ramirez said that after the voice avatars are created, WellSaid manages the business deals based on the voice owner’s requests. WellSaid voice avatars do more than DJ work.

They are used in corporate training materials or even for playing audiobooks, Ramirez said.

For Chanley, leaving a vocal avatar behind has added significance, since his recovery from stage 2 lymphoma, which he discovered two years ago while recording his voice.

“Maybe that was the way my 11 and six year old, if things didn’t go the way I wanted, might never forget what I look like,” said Chanley, the emotion in the voice.

“Elvis Presley fed his family long after he left. Maybe that’s, you know, what could send my kids to college someday.”

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