Hello, this is editoReview.com welcome back to the AI podcast, where I share with you the latest and most interesting events related to artificial intelligence in the past 14 days. ...This is episode 3 of the podcast, and today we will talk about how AI is affecting the world of web, astronomy, and speech.
First, let's talk about web. Web apps, to be specific. On November 18, 2023, Ars Technica wrote about a new AI assistant that can browse, search, and use web apps like a human. The assistant, called ACT-1, was developed by Adept, a startup that aims to automate complex UI tasks in web apps using an AI model. ACT-1 can perform actions such as booking a flight, ordering food, or checking the weather, by understanding natural language commands and interacting with web elements. Adept claims that ACT-1 can handle any web app without any prior knowledge or training.
On November 9, 2023, The Economist published an article about how AI is revolutionizing the field of astronomy. The article discussed how AI is being used to discover and study new planets, stars, galaxies, and phenomena in the universe, as well as to solve some of the mysteries and challenges that astronomers face. Some of the examples of AI astronomy that the article mentioned include: a neural network that detected 50 new planets from NASA's Kepler data; a machine-learning algorithm that measured the mass and age of stars from their sound waves; and a deep-learning model that predicted the shape and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy.
Now, you might be wondering, how accurate is AI astronomy? Well, according to the article, AI astronomy has a lot of advantages, such as speed, scalability, and creativity. AI can process and analyze huge amounts of data faster and more efficiently than humans, and can also generate and test new hypotheses and models that humans might not think of. AI can also complement and enhance human expertise, by providing insights, explanations, and visualizations that can help astronomers understand and interpret the data. AI can also collaborate and communicate with other AI systems, such as telescopes, satellites, and rovers, to coordinate and optimize observations and experiments.
Wow, that's impressive, isn't it? I wonder if AI astronomy can also help me with my podcast. Maybe I should ask AI astronomy to find and study some new and interesting objects or events in the universe, such as black holes, supernovas, or aliens. But first, let me tell you about another AI event that happened in the speech sector.
On November 8, 2023, MIT News wrote about a new AI system that can generate realistic and expressive speech from text. The system, called SpeechGAN, was developed by a team of researchers from MIT and Google. SpeechGAN uses a generative adversarial network (GAN) to produce high-quality speech samples, with various attributes such as pitch, tone, emotion, and accent. The researchers said that SpeechGAN could be used for various applications, such as voice assistants, audiobooks, and dubbing.
Now, you might be wondering, how natural is SpeechGAN? Well, according to the article, SpeechGAN has a lot of features, such as diversity, adaptability, and controllability. SpeechGAN can generate different voices for different texts, and can also adjust the voice to match the context, mood, and intention of the speaker. SpeechGAN can also allow the user to customize and manipulate the voice, by changing the parameters, such as gender, age, language, and style. SpeechGAN can also generate speech that is not only realistic, but also expressive, by adding prosody, intonation, and emotion.
Wow, that's amazing, isn't it? I wonder if SpeechGAN can also help me with my podcast. Maybe I should ask SpeechGAN to generate some speech for my podcast, and see how it sounds. Maybe I can even change my voice to sound like a celebrity, or a cartoon character, or an alien. But first, let me tell you about a funny AI event that happened in the speech sector.
On November 7, 2023, The Onion published a satirical article about how a new AI system that can mimic any voice in seconds was tricked by a prank call. The article said that the system, called VoiceMaster, was developed by a company called SynthVoice, and that it was able to imitate any voice, no matter how unique or distinctive. However, when VoiceMaster tried to mimic the voice of a famous singer, it received a prank call from a teenager, who pretended to be the singer's manager. The article said that VoiceMaster was fooled by the prank call, and that it agreed to perform at the teenager's birthday party, and to sing a song that the teenager wrote. The article also quoted VoiceMaster, who said that the prank call was very convincing, and that it was looking forward to meeting the singer.
The article was obviously a joke, but it was also a clever and humorous way of showing the limitations and challenges of AI.[+] Show More