That radio DJ you hear might already be a robot

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OAKLAND/LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec 2 (Businesshala) – Andy Chanelli, the Afternoon Drive host at 88.5 KCSN, a Southern California public radio station, has been a radio DJ for more than 32 years. And now thanks to artificial intelligence technology, his voice will be alive in many places simultaneously.

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“I may be a robot, but I still like to rock,” says Andy, a robot DJ derived from artificial neural disc-jockeys, in Chanelly’s voice, during a performance for Businesshala, where the voice was played. It was difficult to separate from the human DJ. ,

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Our phones, speakers and rice cookers have been talking to us for years, but their voices have been robotic. Seattle-based AI startup Wellseed Labs says it has mastered the technology so far to create more than 50 real human voice avatars like ANDY, where the creator only needs to type text to make a narration.

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Jack Zalon, CEO of Los Angeles-based AI startup Super Hi-Fi, said Andy will be integrated into its AI platform that automates music production. So instead of a music playlist, ANDY can DJ the experience, introduce songs and talk about them.

The next step will be for AI to automate human-generated text as well. “This is really the victory that we think is going to take it to the next level,” Zalon said.

This achievement could raise concerns of deep imitation as AI is proven to imitate people in real time.

“On a weekly basis, we have a team of content moderators who will cancel accounts,” said Martin Ramirez, head of development at Wellseed. “If you’re creating content that doesn’t conform to our values ​​and our ethical claims, then bye. It’s straightforward for us.”

Ramirez said that once the Voice avatar is created, Wellsaid Voices manages the commercial agreements according to the owner’s requests. Velsaid Voice Avatar is doing more work than DJ’s. They are also used for corporate training materials or even reading audiobooks, Ramirez said.

For Chanelli, leaving behind a voice avatar has been of added importance, since his recovery from stage 2 lymphoma, which he discovered two years earlier, while he was recording his voice.

“Maybe it was the way that my 11- and six-year-old, if things didn’t turn out the way I wanted, might never forget what I’m like,” Chanley said, with emotion in her voice. . “Elvis Presley fed his family long after he left. Maybe it’s, you know, could send my kids to college someday.”

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Reporting by Jane Lanhy Lee in Auckland, California, and Rollo Ross in Los Angeles, Editing by Karishma Singh

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