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An Update On AI-Narrated Audiobooks [May 2022]

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I've been talking about AI narration for several years now, but it's just starting to go mainstream and I've been getting emails every day recently asking the same questions, so this is a round-up article with the most important information. For context, I am an audiobook narrator. I absolutely value human narrators, and I have spent tens of thousands of dollars hiring professional narrators for my novels and non-fiction over the last decade. I am also a futurist and I embrace AI tools as part of my creative and business practice. This episode is sponsored by my patrons at Patreon.com/thecreativepenn. Thank you for enabling me to continue exploring the future of creativity and the author business model. You can find out lots more on how AI can help you create and earn more in my course on The AI-Assisted Author. You can find all my courses here on Teachable. I'd love to know what you think.


A Novelist and an AI Cowrote Your Next Cringe-Read

WIRED

Last week, while giving a commencement speech to New York University graduates, pop star Taylor Swift offered a timely bit of advice: "No matter how hard you try to avoid being cringe, you will look back on your life and cringe retrospectively. Cringe is unavoidable over a lifetime." We live in inescapably cringe-y times. Los Angeles-based writer K. Allado-McDowell's new novel, Amor Cringe, is a love letter to cringe maximalism. Allado-McDowell set out to write the cringiest story possible and ended up creating an odd, surprisingly funny little book.


How to turn articles into audiobooks on iOS

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Setting aside time to read a good article or two isn't always easy: there's always something else to take care of first. As a result, many of us try to fit our reading into the margins of our lives: on our commutes, waiting in doctor's offices, or in the few minutes before our eyes get heavy enough to fall asleep. That might be enough for the infrequent reader, but it's tough for more ambitious folks to get through that stack of unread articles by slowly chipping away. Audiobooks are great for letting you tune into your favorite books while you're working on something else. Unfortunately, you can't typically get custom-narrated versions of articles for read-it-later apps with text-to-speech like Pocket or Instapaper listen to as you churn through your chores.


Talking Robots: Artificial Intelligence Audiobook Creation

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If you know Siri, Cortana from Microsoft, Denise from Nextos, Alexa from Amazon or those handy voice GPS directions on smartphones, then congrats! This course will just help you bridge the gap through an ocean of knowledge with the power of Artificial intelligence based TTS tools. Text to speech, abbreviated as TTS, is a synthesis of speech that transforms text into voice output. Text to speech systems was first developed to help the visually impaired by providing the user with a spoken voice created by a machine that would "read" text. Text to speech enables content owners to adapt in terms of how they communicate with the content to the specific needs and desires of each user.


Scriptbakery taught an AI to analyze manuscripts and the emotions of a potential reader

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CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.


Google wants to turn every book into an audiobook using machine learning

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Google Assistant received more natural-sounding voice models again in October thanks to updated natural language processing and prosody models which use machine learning to understand and stitch together sentences with better intonation, rhythm, and stress. Now, they seem to be applying that same technology to Google Play Books in order to turn any book into an audiobook, and I totally saw it coming. The upcoming feature seeks to give an auto-generated narrator's voice to text-only books to make them more accessible and immersive. Google Play is working with publishers in the U.S. and the UK for the rollout and will make the publisher tool to create auto-narrated audiobooks available in early 2021 with a beta available now. Once set up for auto-narration, a user can choose between different machine learning and AI-created narrator voices like a cowboy named Tex, and more.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

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What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.


3 insights into how artificial intelligence is changing the social media game for publishers What's New in Publishing Digital Publishing News

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a technology of the future – it's a daily reality for many publishers of all sizes. AI now powers an increasing number of tools that journalists use to gather, produce and distribute content, including Echobox, the social media management platform we built specifically for publishers. With more than 700 publisher clients globally, including 25% of the world's newspapers of record, we have access to a large and unique dataset that describes how AI can change the social media game for publishers. We recently completed an analysis of how these publishers use automation technology to manage their social media. Below are three insights into how they're benefitting from AI, as well as best practices for increasing your own social media traffic.


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Dangers to humanity NOOK Book

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What are the inter-connections between AI, U.S, China, Big Tech and the worlds use of Facial Recognition, Bio-Metrics, Drones, Smart Phones, Smart Cities, IoT, VR, Mixed Reality, 5G, Robotics, Cybernetics, & Bio-Digital Social Programming? We will cover present, emerging and future threats of Artificial Intelligence with Big Tech, including technology that can be used for assassination or to control humanities ability to have free formed thoughts without AI Bio-Digital Social Programming. The book will cover Cyborgs, Super Intelligence and how it can form, and in what ways it can travel undetected through The AI Global Network as it connects with the internet and the Human Bio-Digital Network. Over 50 Companies and Organizations are discussed, such as Huawei, Facebook, Nearalink, Google, Baidu, Megvii Face, and Alibaba. This book takes you in a simple way to understand what is Artificial Intelligence, and step by step, it takes the average reader through a process to understand very difficult concepts in a simplistic way.


Artificial Intelligence and the Indie Author with Joanna Penn and Orna Ross

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Every week, there are news reports on how AI will impact jobs, but what about the impact of AI on indie authors? Can we surf the change instead of being drowned by it? Could it make our lives better as creative entrepreneurs? I recently did a mega-solo podcast on 9 Ways that Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Authors and the Publishing Industry, and in this interview, Orna Ross interviews me about some of the specifics that might impact indie authors, in particular. The interview is on the Alliance of Independent Authors AskAlli Podcast feed. The interview starts after the introduction around 12:25 mins. Links and notes here and you can subscribe below. Click here to watch the interview on YouTube. But today we are going to talk about something that sounds maybe mysterious, sounds maybe scary for a lot of authors. But that you have been investing a lot of time and attention and you're hugely interested in and you're actually making work for you. And that is artificial intelligence. And our theme for today is really how can indie authors harness the power of AI? Where are we with it? What can it do for us? And on all things AI, you are our guru so I'm going to be quizzing you, but first, before we start on what it can do for us, what is it? Explain to the people, what are we talking about when we're talking about artificial intelligence? Joanna: I think as writers and readers, we have read all the scary things and we probably watched all the films.