Now You Can Narrate Your Friend’s Lives Like Morgan Freeman With Augmented Voice

Now you can tell your friend’s life like Morgan Freeman with Augmented Voice

I wanted to see how I could resemble HAL-9000 in my own ragged rendition of the song Daisy Bell† Turns out I actually sound better like the fuzzy approach to the demented artificial intelligence of 2001: A space odyssey then either HAL’s actor Douglas Rain or my normal, human voice.

Spain-based company Voicemod on Wednesday unveiled its new beta AI Voices product that promotes the use of AI to alter the voice while preserving inflection, emotion and tempo. The app allows users to create a March of the Penguins-like tale of their coworkers waddling to the bathroom in the bathroom voice of God himself (aka Morgan Freeman, the only fictional president to get my vote). The app also has a voice for a generic man or woman in addition to more bizarre voices to make you sound like HAL-9000 or like cracking speech over an astronaut’s or airplane pilot’s radio.

Your mileage may vary for speech-to-speech audio transformation. Based on our testing, the better the microphone you use, the more accurate your sound will be. That’s normal enough for these kinds of apps. Some voices seemed more natural than others. “Morgan” sounded a bit strange and didn’t hit the perfect inflections of the famous narrator and actor. While they’re both fun, there’s nothing in the voices of astronauts or pilots that would really convince the U.S. Air Force or NASA that you’re coming in for a sudden, unexpected landing. Still, the technology can be good for trolling your friends in voice chat or for a more effective role-playing session on the table.

The voice mod app is for PC only, although the company said it is working on a Mac version. The 24-hour beta will be available on the company’s website after completion an entry form

In a release Voicemod announced the new feature, saying the technology is especially useful for streamers, content creators, role players, or even those in the trans community trying to express themselves online. The company quoted streamer and esports coach/organizer Kairi Caitlynwho said the further development of AI voices could benefit “people like me in the trans community.”

It means that the male “Bob” and female “Alice” voices are perhaps the most interesting and potentially profound for people trying to express their identity when they appear online. Other startups are also working on AI technology that facilitates the trans community online. Many of these companies, including Voicemod, refer to the vague “metaverse” when describing how this technology can be used to create personalized avatars. As much as companies like Meta want you to recreate yourself in a virtual world, others prefer to express their inner selves when creating online personas.

CEO and co-founder Jaime Bosch wrote that the technology “enables a previously impossible level of customization in audio expression online and in the metaverse.” In a statement to Gizmodo, Bosch said they want to support the full list of trans, non-binary, genderfluid and gender-queer users to “better empower them to build their own unique sonic identity.”

The downside of this technology is the potential for abuse. The rise of deepfake technology has something in the politics and technical involved worlds, although deepfakes still have them a long way to go if they want to be more effective than old-fashioned online disinformation. These most recent speech-to-speech systems probably won’t fool most people, but even Voicemod acknowledged that security is a concern. Bosch said they are working on systems to identify if someone is using a synthetic voice.

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