OpenAI reveals the voice cloning tool ‘Voice Engine’.

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Sakshi Singh

OpenAI, the well-known artificial intelligence startup, has entered the domain of voice assistants, exhibiting its latest product, Voice Engine. Voice Engine, which has been under development for around two years, lets users upload any 15-second speech clip to create an artificial voice. However, the public release date has not yet been announced, allowing the business time to address any misuse or inappropriate use of the concept.

We want to make sure that everyone feels good about how it’s being deployed — that we understand the landscape of where this tech is dangerous and we have mitigations in place for that,

Jeff Harris, a member of product staff at OpenAI

A trademark application for the name was filed shortly after the business unveiled Voice Engine, indicating that voice-related technologies are part of their plans. With plans to enter the speech recognition and digital voice assistant markets, OpenAI looks set to challenge well-established companies such as Amazon’s Alexa.

OpenAI highlights the significance of ethical technology deployment, recognizing the serious risks associated with the ability to mimic people’s voices, especially in delicate situations like elections.

Even though there are currently several startup businesses providing voice-cloning services, OpenAI stands out by giving ethical issues a priority. Strict restrictions, such as asking for agreement before impersonating someone and exposing the usage of AI-generated voices, were agreed upon by Voice Engine’s early testers.

OpenAI’s choice to delay Voice Engine’s public release may be conservative, but it represents a reasonable strategy to reduce potential dangers. This is consistent with the company’s previous methods, including its video generator Sora, which was similarly promoted but not made available to the general public.

 Voice Engine hasn’t been honed or taught using user input. The model, which combines a transformer and diffusion process, produces speech in a transient manner, which contributes to this. Without needing to create a unique model for each speaker, the model generates a corresponding voice by analyzing both the text data intended for reading aloud and the voice data it extracts simultaneously.

As OpenAI continues to innovate in artificial intelligence, the development and implementation of technologies such as Voice Engine are likely to impact the future of human-computer interaction, presenting both unprecedented potential and problems.

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