Synthetic Speech Technology and its Impact on Voice Actors: A Panel Discussion with Respeecher's CEO
May 26, 2023 8:29:29 AM
At the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Conference on December 15, Alex Serdiuk, CEO of Respeecher, was part of a panel that delved deep into the latest developments in synthetic speech technology and how it may impact the livelihood of voice actors around the world. As a voice cloning company, Respeecher is at the forefront of this rapidly-evolving field, and Serdiuk's insights shed light on what the future may hold for voice actors and the world of synthetic voices.
The panel, curated by Anne Ganguzza, brought together experts from various parts of the world to explore this controversial topic:
- Abran Maldonado, the co-founder of Create Labs, is focused on creating new opportunities for underserved youth.
- Lauren Cowles, Sr. Director of Program Management at Veritone, is using synthetic voice to build new applications and personalized consumer experiences. Veritone also includes Respeecher's revolutionary technology within the MARVEL.ai product offering.
- Rob Sciglimpaglia, an actor, voice artist, and attorney, has been deeply involved in advocating for the legal rights as it pertains to the use of the human voice for synthetic speech.
- Jon Stine, Executive Director of the Open Voice Network, an open-source community dedicated to the development of technical standards and usage guidelines for the emerging world of AI-enabled voice assistance, rounded out the panel.
- Alex Serdiuk, co-founder and CEO of Respeecher, focused on producing an unmatched quality of synthetic speech while preserving all the nuances of human speech.
- They were also joined by C.L.Ai.R.A, the world's first autonomous AI woman of color.
While synthetic voices have been around for decades, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have made them more sophisticated and realistic than ever before. Respeecher's technology can clone a voice with such accuracy that even family members would have difficulty telling the difference between the original voice and the synthetic one.
However, Serdiuk acknowledged that the rise of synthetic voices does not necessarily mean the end of human voice actors. Instead, he sees the two as complementary technologies that can work together to create even more compelling audio experiences. A synthetic voice could be used for the bulk of a project, with a human voice actor providing the finishing touches and adding a personal touch to the final product.
Overall, the panel provided a thought-provoking look at the future of synthetic voices in the voiceover industry. While there are certainly challenges to be addressed, it is clear that this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we create and consume audio content. As Respeecher and other companies continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with synthetic voices, it will be exciting to see where this technology takes us in the years to come.
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