Google's DeepMind Teaches Computers How to Speak Human
By Tom Brant 10 Sep 2016, 12:54 a.m.
Soon, you might have a hard time telling the difference between human and computer voices.
Apple's Siri personal assistant is getting a lot smarter in the upcoming iOS 10, but odds are she'll still sound like a computer. Meanwhile, a subsidiary of Google (her creator's rival) is working on an entirely new model for teaching computers to convert text to speech. It's called WaveNet, and Google says it can mimic any human voice while sounding more natural than text-to-speech algorithms available today.