OpenAI Tests Voice Cloning Program

Open AI Voice Engine

After the success of creating text and images, the creator of ChatGPT, OpenAI, is now testing a voice cloning program. The race of AI adoption is growing rapidly, and time will tell how it will impact us humans, but for sure, the impact on creators’ economy is very clear. GenAI is killing thousands of jobs, and in the coming time, it will also impact software developer jobs. BIG TIME!

The next product of OpenAI is testing a powerful new tool: a voice cloning program called "Voice Engine."

How Does Voice Engine Work?

Voice Engine utilizes a deep learning model that can create synthetic speech that closely resembles a real person's voice. It only requires a short audio sample, typically around 15 seconds, to learn the nuances of someone's voice patterns. Once trained, Voice Engine can then use text input to generate realistic-sounding speech in that same voice.

Proceeding with Caution

OpenAI has been conducting private trials of Voice Engine with a limited group of partners. These partnerships come with strict guidelines. One key requirement is obtaining explicit consent from the person whose voice is being cloned. Additionally, partners must clearly disclose when AI-generated voices are being used.
OpenAI is also developing safeguards to prevent misuse. This includes watermarking technology that can identify audio generated by Voice Engine, helping to trace its origin.

The Potential Benefits

The major benefit of voice cloning could be for content creators who want to create audio books or videos from their content. AI assistants can now have a specific voice. For example, a voice chatbot can speak in a founder’s voice.

The Challenges

Malicious actors are already using deepfakes to call parents in ransomware. In a recent deepfake board meeting, bad actors stole millions from a company.

Today, banks use voice to authenticate a user for login. This technology can be used to hack into people’s bank accounts.

The Road Ahead

While the actual date of public release is yet to be known, OpenAI is actively involved in discussions about ethical guidelines for this technology, recognizing the need for regulations to prevent misuse.

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