If you hear podcasting star Joe Rogan say something dumb, it may not be his fault – an AI has cloned his voice

www.theregister.co.uk | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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Video Here’s another our your regular reminder that AI software can be creepy.

Engineers at Dessa, an AI startup focused on helping enterprises use machine learning, have managed to clone the voice of Joe Rogan, the host of the popular podcast show The Joe Rogan Experience.

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Dessa called it “the most realistic AI simulation of a voice we’ve heard to date,” and they’re not wrong. Previous clips of computers imitating human voices have been robotic and grainy at worst, or pretty convincing but super short at best. The latest attempt, however, is actually quite impressive.

Here’s a few samples of the fake Joe Rogan talking about absurdities like sponsoring a hockey team made up of chimps or being a medical expert after hooking up his brain to the internet.

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Joe Rogan is a pretty easy target to mimic. He has recorded nearly 1,300 episodes of his talk show, with each one lasting at least a couple of hours, so there’s a lot of audio to use as training data. Dessa hasn’t revealed many details of how its deep learning system known as RealTalk works yet. The Register has contacted Dessa for comment.

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