Google makes a big deal about its voice-generating AI technology every time the company takes a stage. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the technology take form of the Google Assistant, which is now present on all kinds of electronics, not just phones. Thanks to machine learning, the technology improves with our use, and it has reached the point where it’s indistinguishable from real humans.
Unless you have super good ears, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between the Google Assistant and a real human being. Quartz recently posted sound clips comparing the two, and it’s not easy to tell the robot from the real person. We knew Google’s text-to-speech system was getting good, but now it’s getting to the point where it’s really, really good. To listen to the sound clips, head over to the source link down below.
Google updated the Google Assistant a few months ago to make it sound less robotic, and be more conversational. And more recently, the search giant added a male voice that can be enabled in place of the female voice most hear when first activating the assistant. A new system called Tacotron 2 has also contributed to the always-improving voice. These changes and our usage have gone a long way in improving Google’s voice-generating AI to make it one of the best out there. We expect these strides forward to continue in 2018.