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Google Creates A Text To Speech AI system Alike Human voice

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Google has plunged high towards its'AI-first' dream. The tech giant has attempted to develop a Text-to-speech system that has exactly human-like articulation. This AI system is called "Tacotron 2" that has the ability to give an AI-generated computer speech in a human-voice. Google researchers mentioned in the blog post that the new procedure does not utitilise complex linguistic and acoustic features as input. In place of it, they developed human-like speech from text using neural networks trained using only speech examples and corresponding text transcript.


#251: Open Source Prosthetic Leg, with Elliott Rouse

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In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Elliott Rouse, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, about an open-source prosthetic leg--that is a robotic knee and ankle. Rouse's goal is to provide an inexpensive and capable platform for researchers to use so that they can work on prostheses without developing their own hardware, which is both time-consuming and expensive. Elliott Rouse is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Neurobionics Lab. The vision of his group is to discover the fundamental science that underlies human joint dynamics during locomotion and incorporate these discoveries in a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The Lab uses technical tools from mechanical and biomedical engineering applied to the complex challenges of human augmentation, physical medicine, rehabilitation and neuroscience.


Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

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Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman. Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google engineers have been hard at work creating a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2. According to a paper they published this month, the system first creates a spectrogram of the text, a visual representation of how the speech should sound.


Google develops human-like text-to-speech artificial intelligence system

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In a major step towards its "AI first" dream, Google has developed a text-to-speech artificial intelligence (AI) system that will confuse you with its human-like articulation. The tech giant's text-to-speech system called "Tacotron 2" delivers an AI-generated computer speech that almost matches with the voice of humans, technology news website Inc.com reported. At Google I/O 2017 developers conference, company's Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the internet giant was shifting its focus from mobile-first to "AI first" and launched several products and features, including Google Lens, Smart Reply for Gmail and Google Assistant for iPhone. According to a paper published in arXiv.org, the system first creates a spectrogram of the text, a visual representation of how the speech should sound. That image is put through Google's existing WaveNet algorithm, which uses the image and brings AI closer than ever to indiscernibly mimicking human speech.


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Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman. Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google engineers have been hard at work creating a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2. According to a paper they published this month, the system first creates a spectrogram of the text, a visual representation of how the speech should sound.


Google's new text-to-speech system sounds convincingly human

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Get ready for the little person living inside your phone and speaker to sound a lot more life-like. Google believes it has reached a new milestone in the quest to make computer-generated speech indistinguishable from human speech with Tacotron 2, a system that trains neural networks to generate eerily natural-sounding speech from text, and they have the samples to prove it. In a research paper published earlier this month, though yet to be peer-reviewed, Google asserts that previous approaches to text-to-speech (TTS) systems have thus far failed to achieve a genuinely natural sound. Techniques such as concatenative synthesis, in which pre-recorded samples of speech are stitched together, and statistical parametric speech synthesis, Google says have been insufficient, explaining, "The audio produced by these systems often sounds muffled and unnatural compared to human speech." With Tacotron 2 (which is not the same as the world-ending super-weapon used by Lord Business), the company says it has incorporated ideas from its previous TTS systems, WaveNet and the first Tacotron, to reach a new level of fidelity.


Students Use 3-D Printer to Build Prosthetic Arm for Boy

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His mother, Nicole Mancini, is a teacher at the middle school in Scituate. She heard of others using 3-D printers to build prosthetics and approached the high school with the idea. The school hopes to be able to make another arm for Ollie as he grows.


Man Crashes Plane After Prosthetic Leg Got Stuck in Brake

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A few days after the crash, Gray told a safety inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration that the crash was his fault, according to court documents. Gray said lack of feeling on his right side because of the prosthetic leg caused the leg to become stuck on the aircraft's brake, causing it to spin out on landing, prosecutors said.


Boat crash widow has £30,000 prosthetic legs stolen

BBC News

A woman who lost her leg in a speedboat accident that killed her husband and daughter has had prosthetic limbs worth about £30,000 stolen. Victoria Milligan, 45, lost her left leg below the knee in the accident in 2013. Thieves on mopeds stole a suitcase containing three specially-cast limbs from Ms Milligan's car. "I was left on the floor devastated and crying my eyes out when I found out," she told the BBC. "After what I've been through nothing surprises me anymore, but I couldn't believe it happened," she told BBC Radio London's Vanessa Feltz.


Meet the dad who built a prosthetic arm for his son

Mashable

When his father, Ben Ryan, found out his newborn son couldn't get a functional prosthetic until he was three, he started Ambionics to build one himself. Inspired by the way fluid moves a spider's legs, the prosthetics uses hydraulic technology.