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Wearable Sends a Chill When Detecting AI Voice Wearable Sends a Chill When Detecting AI Voice

Wearable Sends a Chill When Detecting AI Voice

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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.

So, it's easy to see how the gizmo got its name, since the device itself uses AI to detect AI.

In a blog post, the Australian-based design team behind the technology opens its sales pitch this way: "The post-truth era is just getting started. Near the end of 2017 we’ll be consuming content synthesized to mimic real people. Leaving us in a sea of disinformation powered by AI and machine learning. The media, giant tech corporations and citizens already struggle to discern fact from fiction. And as this technology is democratized it will be even more prevalent."

The prototype was manufactured within a five-day stretch. However, its makers say the project is still a work in progress, noting, "We see the ability to mimic anyone’s voice to say anything as a closing of the loop — if it looks real and sounds real, maybe it is real."

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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