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Send in the clones: Using artificial intelligence to digitally replicate human voices


Reporter Chloe Veltman reacts to hearing her digital voice double, "Chloney," for the first time, with Speech Morphing chief linguist Mark Seligman. Reporter Chloe Veltman reacts to hearing her digital voice double, "Chloney," for the first time, with Speech Morphing chief linguist Mark Seligman. The science behind making machines talk just like humans is very complex, because our speech patterns are so nuanced. "The voice is not easy to grasp," says Klaus Scherer, emeritus professor of the psychology of emotion at the University of Geneva. "To analyze the voice really requires quite a lot of knowledge about acoustics, vocal mechanisms and physiological aspects. So it is necessarily interdisciplinary, and quite demanding in terms of what you need to master in order to do anything of consequence."

Viral selfie-morphing FaceApp launches on Android after huge iOS success


Android users will now be able to change their frowns to smiles, after a popular face-morphing app launched on Wednesday on Google Play. FaceApp, which was initially available only for Apple iPhones, had reached one million downloads in two weeks, the app's developer told Mashable. SEE ALSO: China's latest beauty app takes Snapchat-style filters to the extreme Different from the filters we know through Snapchat, Faceapp instead morphs faces by blending in facial features so that it can change a closed mouth to a toothy smile. Its handful of features allows you to age yourself or change your gender, too. You just put in any photo of a face and with one tap it will create these kind of effects.

Let's Make Morphing Cars That Double as SUVs


Pick-up trucks come in handy when you need to haul stuff around, until you roll into the city and start the fruitless hunt for a parking spot to accommodate all 20 feet of truck. And a little two-seater is great for parking, not so good for that weekend snowmobiling trip. What if, instead of choosing one kind of car, you could simply extend your truck or SUV at the touch of a button? A mechanical engineer and a member of the family whose aerospace and transportation company builds trains, planes, and more, Bombardier's at his best when he ignores pesky things like budgets, timelines, and contemporary physics. Since 2013, he's run a blog cataloging more than 200 concepts, each a fantastic, farfetched new way for people to travel through land, air, water, and space.

La veille de la cybersécurité


It's not just your face that can be convincingly replicated by a deepfake. It's also your voice -- quite easily as journalist Chloe Beltman found: Given the complexities of speech synthesis, it's quite a shock to find out just how easy it is to order one up. For a basic conversational build, all a customer has to do is record themselves saying a bunch of scripted lines for roughly an hour. "We extract 10 to 15 minutes of net recordings for a basic build," says Speech Morphing founder and CEO Fathy Yassa. The hundreds of phrases I record so that Speech Morphing can build my digital voice double seem very random: "Here the explosion of mirth drowned him out." "That's what Carnegie did." "I'd like to be buried under Yankee Stadium with JFK."

FaceApp, Selfie-Morphing App, Now Available On Android After Being Huge iOS Hit

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After FaceApp went viral with its launch on iOS last month, Android users will now be able to change their face gestures with the launch of the app on Google Play Wednesday. Using artificial intelligence, the app morphs faces by merging in facial features. The app uses neural networks for its transformations. Users have various options to change their face, including changing their mouth to a smile, a younger or older version and swapping genders. You can take a picture with the app or choose a photo from your camera roll.