Fred, a transgender person Man, when he clicked the mouse, his sonorous voice suddenly sank.He turned on the voice changer algorithm This provides an effect that sounds like instant vocal cord transplantation. “This person is’Seth’,” he said, as he tested a character during a Zoom call with a reporter. Then, he switched to “Joe” to speak, his voice was more nasal and optimistic.
Fred’s friend Jane is also a transgender woman. She is also testing prototype software. She smiled and showed some artificial voices she likes because of their feminine voices. “This is’Courtney'”-bright and optimistic. “This is’Maya'”-the pitch is higher, sometimes too high. “This is’Alicia’, and I find its voice changes the most,” she concluded more gently. These glitches are enough to make a fleeting thought think that the pair may not have joined the call with a “real” voice in the first place.
Fred and Jane are early testers of the startup’s Modulate technology, which can add new fun, protection, and complexity to online social interaction. WIRED will not use their real names to protect their privacy; transgender people are often targets of online harassment.The software is the latest example of complex potential artificial intelligence Technology that can synthesize real video or audio, sometimes called Further study.
Mike Pappas and Carter Huffman, the co-founders of Modulate, initially believed that the technology they called “sound skins” would allow players to accept the voice of a character, thereby making the game a reality. More interesting. When the pair invested in studios and recruited early testers, they also heard interest in using voice skins as privacy protection. More than 100 people asked whether this technology could alleviate the irritability caused by the mismatch of their voice and gender identity.
“We realize that many people think they cannot participate in online communities because their voice puts them at greater risk,” said Pappas, Modulate’s CEO. The company is now working with gaming companies to provide voice skins in a way that provides fun and privacy options, while also promising to prevent them from becoming tools for fraud or harassment.
Games like Fort night Social applications such as Discord and Discord have made voice chatting with strangers on the Internet very common. As in the early days of texting via the Internet, the voice boom brought new joys and fears.
Anti-Defamation League Found last year Almost half of gamers have encountered harassment via voice chat when playing games, rather than text messages. Gender discrimination in gaming culture has led to women and LGBTQ people being singled out for special abuse.When Riot Games launched a team-based shooter Appraisal In 2020, executive producer Anna Donlon said that she was shocked to see the rapid rise of a culture of sexist harassment. “If I go in alone, I won’t use voice chat,” she Tell wired.
Modulate’s technology is not yet widely used, but Pappas said he is in talks with game companies interested in deploying it. One possible approach is to create patterns in games or communities, where everyone is assigned a sound skin to match their character, whether it is a rough troll or a knight in armor; alternatively, the sounds can be randomly assigned.
exist June Modulate’s two voices in one Preview an application called Animaz, Which converts users into digital avatars in live broadcasts or video calls. Developer Holotech Studios marketed sound as a privacy feature and a way of “change your voice to better adapt to a role that is different from your own age, gender or body type”. Modulate also provides software for gaming companies that can automatically notify moderators of signs of abuse in voice chats.
Modulate’s sound skin is made by Machine learning Adjust the audio mode of one person’s voice to make it sound like another person’s algorithm. In order to teach its techniques to express many different tones and timbres, the company collected and analyzed audio from hundreds of actors reading scripts designed to provide a wide range of intonations and emotions. The personal voice skin is created by adjusting the algorithm to replicate the voice of a specific voice actor.