Oct 12, 2022 3:21:05 PM IST
If you’ve been a fan of tech and enjoy Joe Rogan’s podcasts, chances are you’ve wondered what a podcast between Joe Rogan and legendary tech icon Steve Jobs would have been like. Well, a Dubai-based tech company came up with a pretty cool answer to that question.
A Dubai-based AI-based text-to-speech company called Play.ht has put together a unique fictional podcast between Joe Rogan and Steve Jobs. The digitally created podcast uses realistic voices digitally cloned of the two men from publicly available video and other audio sources. The podcast between Jobs and Rogan was the first episode of a new podcast series called “Podcast.ai,” created by Play.ht, which sells text-to-speech services.
In the interview, you first hear a replica of Rogan’s voice created by voice cloning technology. Deep learning technology has enabled AI models to reproduce distinctive voices with a high degree of accuracy, as in the case of Darth Vader in Disney’s Obi-Wan Kenobi television series.
Cloning Rogan’s voice was the easy part – after all, Rogan regularly releases a new podcast, and there are plenty of voice samples for systems to learn. Cloning the voice of Steve Jobs, however, was rather difficult. His voice was generated using Apple keynotes and All Things Digital interviews from the late 2000s. Because the source of the files that drove the AI model were old and not particularly high quality, The voice of Steve Jobs was somewhat robotic and jerky at times.
As for generating what these two characters would say during the interview, Play.ht claims that the interview text was also generated by AI, possibly from a large language model similar to GPT- 3.
“Transcripts are generated with fine-tuned language models,” writes Play.ht on the Podcast.ai website. “For example, the Steve Jobs episode was formed on his biography and all the recordings of him that we could find online so l’IA could bring him back to life with precision.
In the video, therefore, Jobs can only be heard talking about topics that have become his main topics of discussion – aesthetics, revolutionary products, competitors such as Google, Microsoft and Adobe, and the triumphs of the Macintosh of origin.
It will be interesting to see if there are any disputes because of this. While on an experimental basis, Rogan would certainly appreciate the fact that his voice was created digitally, we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t approve of his voice being used to promote a product or service, d especially since he is not paid. . Jobs’ image, on the other hand, is very valuable to Apple, a company that has been notoriously contentious for anyone using Jobs’ image without permission.
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