Written by Hayley Grgurich, Narrated by Colin Watts
As audio streaming platforms proliferate and our appliances start talking, online publishers are eyeing speakers as well as screens 2014 may have been the year of the podcast, but in 2019, audio's appeal is far from over. Since the rise of giants like Serial, Gimlet, and Radiotopia, interest in audio content has only grown. AM/FM radio reaches 93 percent of Americans every week - more than TV, smartphones or any other device - and an increasing number of streaming services are producing more content and more ways to listen.
Written by Hayley Grgurich, Narrated by Natalie Duke
As text-to-speech and AI technology improve, there’s still a case to be made for the power of the human voice In early May, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stood in front of a big screen and rapt festival crowd to demo a robot voice that sounds startlingly lifelike. The voice is that of the Google Assistant and the audience watched the play-by-play as it called a salon, carried on a natural-sounding conversation, and booked a haircut for its “client”, Lisa. Watching the video, you can hear a collective gleeful giggle from the crowd as the bot tosses in conversational fillers like, “Mm-hmm” to the unsuspecting human on the other end. It feels like it’s almost showboating how lifelike it can be.
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