Machine Language: Inside The Art Of Making Computers Talk

shockleewebpic_makingcomputerstalkfEver wonder how computer voices and speech recognition technology are developed? Watch this insightful short film on the art of how many of these synthetic voices are created, how they’ve developed throughout the years and get an inside look at a studio session at Nuance, one of the biggest companies in the field [and the rumored Siri creators].

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MRI Scans Show Singing & Beatboxing Skills Are Similar To Language Skills

The complexities of the human vocal range are an amazing thing. Take a listen to this segment from The World, and a rare look at what the mouths and throats of a beatboxer and soprano look like while they are performing, part of learned speech functions that as it turns out, are very similar to that of learning various language skills.

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange’s Speech From Ecuador’s London Embassy

On Sunday August 19th, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In this, his first appearance in two months after showing up at the embassy’s doorstep to seek refuge and political asylum on June 19th, Assange addressed the public and urged the world, especially the U.S., to stop persecuting whistleblowers and journalists uncovering crimes and injustices.

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