Microsoft to Use AI to Create Human Voice

Synthetic voice is nearly indistinguishable from recordings of people
27 September 2018   448

Researchers from Microsoft recorded computer voice, imitating human speech. To overcome the difficulties of the traditional model, they used neural networks for speech synthesis. Microsoft promises to provide support for 49 languages ​​and the ability to create unique voices for the needs of companies in the near future.

Synthesis of speech with the help of neural networks involves comparing the stress and length (so-called prosody) of the speaker's speech units, as well as their synthesis into a computer voice. In systems of traditional speech synthesis, prosody is divided into acoustic and linguistic analysis, controlled by various models. As a result, the speech is noisy and indistinct. Representatives of Microsoft argue that in the model of neural synthesis two stages are combined into one, so the voice sounds like a real one.

The developers are convinced that the synthesis of speech with the help of neural networks will make it more natural to communicate with virtual interlocutors and assistants. Moreover, it will enable you to convert e-books into audiobooks and will allow you to change the scoring of built-in navigators.

Microsoft Neural TTS
Microsoft Neural TTS

Azure computing power is available for real-time use, and Azure Kubernetes is responsible for this. Simultaneous application of neural synthesis of speech together with traditional speaks about expansion and increase of availability of service. At the moment, there are a female voice named Jessa and a man named Guy.

Microsoft is competing in speech recognition and synthesis technologies with Google, which updated its services in late August 2018. Google Cloud announced the release of a stable API for the synthesis of speech Cloud Text-to-Speech with the experimental function of audio profiles and support for several new languages. 

Adobe to Represent Intelligent Alerts

Intelligent Alerts is a virtual helper for Analytics with artificial intelligence support
25 September 2018   429

Adobe has added a virtual assistant with artificial intelligence support in Adobe Analytics - Intelligent Alerts. It offers the user new data that he probably has not encountered yet. This should make the analysis of the material deeper.

Artificial intelligence studies how a user works with Analytics, and offers the most relevant data. The user receives tips that should help in the evaluation of information. The Intelligent Alerts system provides for setting up and personalizing notifications: what notifications and how often the user will receive them.

The new assistant is part of the Adobe Sensei platform, which the company plans to integrate into all Adobe products.

Artificial intelligence is used to solve various problems. In September 2018, employees of the artificial intelligence lab MIT created a neural network, which learned to predict events in video clips, guessing intentions.