AI - a shortcut to speaking Chinese?
Updated 22:31, 14-Sep-2023

Artificial Intelligence has many different branches. Lots of recent discussion has revolved around the advances in Large Language Models which can recognize, summarize and generate content based on analysis of vast amounts of data.

However, there are many other forms of machine learning that can operate in more specialized areas. These can provide benefits but also present threats.

While popular discussion around the threats from AI often revolves around fears of machines taking over the planet, today the dangers are far more around misinformation and cybersecurity.

One the other hand, benefits can range from automating boring tasks to being able to create media such as art, poems or even video.

Have a listen to how AI transformed CGTN Europe anchor Jamie Owen's reading of the poem 'Immortal at the Magpie Bridge' into Chinese.

To produce the Chinese poem, CGTN supplied several hours of Jamie's voice to AI company Respeecher, along with that of a Chinese journalist reading the poem in his native language. With Jamie's permission Respeecher then taught its software to speak like him and asked it to read the Chinese version of the poem.

The technology can allow film companies to recreate the voices of actors who may not be available to change lines of dialogue. It could also have applications to help those who have lost their speech regain their former voice.

Respeecher says is it very careful to prevent its algorithms from creating "deep fakes" - where videos or sound are modified to communicate misinformation, for example from a world leader.   

AI - a shortcut to speaking Chinese?

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