Pro-Bitcoin Supporter Joe Rogan’s Make-Believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) Voice is a Must-Hear
Much of the attention around artificial intelligence is around the way that it can create fake photos and videos. The progress on fake voices has been a little slow, considering that most of the audio ends up being rather robotic as it lags. Now, a startup named Dessa, which focuses on AI tech, has created a realistic voice clone for a very well-known voice – former MMA commentator, now chart topping podcast host, (and pro bitcoin) Joe Rogan.
Deciding to take on Joe Rogan’s voice is an interesting target. Anyone could hear the 1,300 episodes presently of The Joe Rogan Experience, which provides excellent learning materials for the AI system to pull from. The engineers of Dessa have thorough knowledge of the various talking points that Rogan discusses, which means they learn even more about the host.
As amazing and shocking as this technology is, it a little worrisome that any voice could be imitated with enough material. In a blog post, the engineers of the technology speak on the various use cases that are much less innocent than their own. The possibilities are endless – impersonating loved ones in scam calls, using the voice to bully or harass people, and even spreading misinformation. Dessa notes that there’s “massive” implications in society for this technology, which would ultimately impact the whole society.
That does not mean that the technology comes without benefit. Creating AI assistance, improvements in voice dubbing during the editing process for TV and film, along with the voice assistance for people with speech impairments, are all helpful use cases for modern day users.
The Verge reached out to Dessa to learn more information about the company, but they understandably are staying limited in what they tell the public. It is clear that Dessa’s research won’t just be released in full, and the AI models will not be available to the public for a long time. The company commented that there is plenty of work on the technical aspects, computing power, and more that will improve the performance of RealTalk. Over the years, Dessa hopes that the technology will advance to the point of only needing a couple of seconds of audio to create a match.
While Dessa is not providing much more information, Rogan himself commented on the tech in an Instagram post. He stated that his position on the matter is that he will just “shrug my shoulder and shake my head in awe,” ultimately accepting what the AI can do. He also added that the future is going to be rather “weird.”
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I just listened to an AI generated audio recording of me talking about chimp hockey teams and it’s terrifyingly accurate. At this point I’ve long ago left enough content out there that they could basically have me saying anything they want, so my position is to shrug my shoulders and shake my head in awe, and just accept it. The future is gonna be really fucking weird, kids.
The voices are so similar that most people are having a hard time discerning between the two. To view a clip of the AI-generated voice, watch:
After listening, take the quiz available to see if you can actually hear the difference in the two voices at Fakejoerogan.com.