If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Cloning your voice using artificial intelligence is simultaneously tedious and simple: hallmarks of a technology that's just about mature and ready to go public. All you need to do is talk into a microphone for 30 minutes or so, reading a script as carefully as you can (in my case: the voiceover from a David Attenborough documentary). After starting and stopping dozens of times to re-record your flubs and mumbles, you'll send off the resulting audio files to be processed and, in a few hours' time, be told that a copy of your voice is ready and waiting. Then, you can type anything you want into a chatbox, and your AI clone will say it back to you, with the resulting audio realistic to fool even friends and family -- at least for a few moments. The fact that such a service even exists may be news to many, and I don't believe we've begun to fully consider the impact easy access to this technology will have.
Recording advertisements and product endorsements can be lucrative work for celebrities and influencers. But is it too much like hard work? That's what US firm Veritone is betting. Today, the company is launching a new platform called Marvel.AI that will let creators, media figures, and others generate deepfake clones of their voice to license as they wish. "People want to do these deals but they don't have enough time to go into a studio and produce the content," Veritone president Ryan Steelberg tells The Verge.
We're headed for a revolution in computer-generated speech, and a voice clone of Microsoft founder Bill Gates demonstrates exactly why. In the clips embedded below, you can listen to what seems to be Gates reeling off a series of innocuous phrases. "A cramp is no small danger on a swim," he cautions. "Write a fond note to the friend you cherish," he advises. But each voice clip has been generated by a machine learning system named MelNet, designed and created by engineers at Facebook.
Using Artificial Intelligence, two Facebook engineers have now successfully cloned the voices of famous personalities including Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and American actor George Takei among few others. Mike Lewis and Sean Vasquez, the two Facebook engineers developed a computer generated speech system called MelNet using Artificial Intelligence. Not just the voices of famous personalities, they have also created voice and music samples using AI. In a recently published research paper, they mentioned relying on machine learning for the convincing AI generated voice clips. Apart from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and George Takei, others whose voice have been cloned are – primatologist Jane Goodall, professors Daphne Koller, Fei Fei Li, scientist Stephen Wolfram and Khan Academy founder Sal Khan.