You may have heard of Lyrebird.ai, a Montrealian company that’s creating customized voices for personal assistants. It can mimic your voice—all you need to do is record one minute’s worth of your dulcet tones onto their website and it can create an eerily similar copy (depending on the sample’s audio quality).
Once you’ve created your “digital voice,” you can use it to read your audio book or text messages or a number of other things. Does anyone else find this a bit narcissistic? Narcissistic and yet very intriguing. It’s currently available for the English language, preferably American accent, but once this tech is in place for English, it’s only a matter of time before it expands to others.
One side offering that’s worth mentioning (in case this tech creeps you out) is that Lyrebird.ai says you can send them audio clips when you question their veracity, and they’ll check the authenticity for you. Little glitches in the audio are clues that the audio is a fraud.
Finally, because it’s a super interesting factoid, this company is named after the Australian bird that mimics sounds it hears—including car alarms, chainsaws, and camera shutter clicks (we’ll let the venerable Sir David Attenborough explain it to you in the video)—so an apropos name choice.
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