If you’ve spent much time interacting with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, you know that text-to-speech isn’t an exact science yet. Digital diction tends to sound more robotic than human voices, although technology has improved things in recent years.

Thanks to Google, things will only continue to get better. The tech giant recently published a paper that described its upcoming Tacotron 2, an advanced way to electronically deliver speech that achieves a mean opinion score (MOS) of 4.53 compared to the 4.58 score for recorded human speech. The MOS score measures how realistic something sounds.

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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00

Worshipping Artificial Intelligence

In 2015, a former Google and Uber engineer filed documents with the state of California to begin Way of the Future, a nonprofit religious group focused on worshipping artificial intelligence (AI).

Based on paperwork obtained by Backchannel, the group's stated mission is "to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society."

Anthony Levandowski is the person identified as the CEO and president of Way of the Future.

LiveScience reports that Candi Cann, an author and religious studies scholar who teaches comparative religion at Baylor University, believes that Levandowski's faith-based program isn't really all that strange when viewed with a perspective for history.

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It's enough of a challenge to contemplate what life will be like once everyone is forced in one way or another to interact with robots. Devices currently on the market have gradually begun sounding more like actual humans. And since part of the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to be able to anticipate a person's needs and choices, while also adjusting to changes in plans, it's a safe bet that robots will soon sound so human-like -- because who really wants to hold a conversation with a machine? -- that it might be difficult to tell robots and humans apart.

Enter the special earpiece, a prototype device, somewhat resembling a behind-the-ear hearing aid, that can sense synthesized voice patterns and then, via a thermoelectric plate, send a chilly shiver down the wearer's backbone.

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