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Lyrebird is a voice mimic for the fake news era

April 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

A Montreal-based AI startup called Lyrebird has taken the wraps off a voice imitation algorithm that the team says can not only mimic the speech of a real person but shift its emotional cadence -- and do all this with just a tiny snippet of real world audio.

The public demo, released online yesterday, consists of a series audio samples of (fake) speech generated using their algorithm and one minute voice samples of the speakers. They've used voice samples from Presidents Trump, Obama and Hillary Clinton to demo the tech in action -- and for maximum FAKE NEWS impact, obviously.

Here's a sample of the fake Obama:

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