Microsoft to Use AI to Create Human Voice

Synthetic voice is nearly indistinguishable from recordings of people
27 September 2018   2738

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. 

BNC to Monitor BTC Community's Mood

The system called Twitter Sentiment analyzes over 34M BTC-related Twitter posts each week, using AI to track the mood of the community
22 January 2020   480

Blockchain-based New Zealand-based research firm Brave New Coin (BNC) has unveiled a new system for measuring the mood of the Bitcoin community based on Twitter messages.

According to BNC, the new Twitter Sentiment rating system analyzes over 34 million BTC-related Twitter posts each week. The company uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that look for records containing the words bitcoin, $ BTC and BTC and others.

BNC notes that user sentiment continues to be a “significant” factor in the price and dynamics of digital assets, and a new technique has been developed to track these sentiments. According to the BNC, it took 18 months to launch the Bitcoin Twitter Sentiment. The data obtained is divided into seven categories - Opinion, Technical Information, Inside the Network, Advertising, Bots, Macros and Hacking.

For the week ending January 17, the most common entries were in the Opinion category - their number was 30.42% of all data received. In second place was the category Technical Information, and in third inside the network (includes information on mining and hashrate).

BNC spokeswoman Pierre Ansaldi said that during the first quarter of this year, the company will also launch community sentiment analysis tools for other crypto assets.