Parody vs. Genuine AI: Unveiling True Value?

November 9, 2023
Parody vs. Genuine AI: Unveiling True Value?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

In today's fast-changing, tech-driven world, I come across many new ideas and inventions. Some are like passing clouds, drifting by without leaving a lasting impression. But ever so often, something truly remarkable stands out, capturing my interest and amazement. One of the latest innovations that recently caught my attention is Voice AI. Initially, I thought of it as a fun way to imitate voices and create humour, more like a playful tool. However, I've been pleasantly surprised to discover that Voice AI has turned out to be far more valuable than I first thought. 

Fun and Games

Let me introduce myself. I'm an intern at Fictive Reality, deeply engaged in the world of AI and cutting-edge technology which is revolutionising the way we learn. I'm at the core of this exciting mission to make learning interactive and enjoyable through AI-powered avatars. Similarly, Voice AI is revolutionising voice cloning, granting you the ability to craft unique voices that seamlessly enhance a wide array of applications.  It's like experiencing déjà vu from the "Joan is Awful" episode with Salma Hayek in Black Mirror, sparking discussions about whether it has the potential to usher us into a brighter future or take us on a wild journey into a zany, dystopian world.

AI Magic

Well the jury is still out on that, but let me share why I believe this AI possesses the magic to transition from a mere parody to a genuine one. One day, while I was working on simulations with my avatars, an idea struck me: “What if I could make it more exciting and enjoyable by the avatar taking on the voice of someone else, perhaps my favourite celebrity? Say, George Clooney!” With Voice AI technology, it was like saying "abracadabra" and it was done. The best part? It's incredibly user-friendly, which is a blessing for those like me who aren't exactly tech whizzes. But here's the kicker – don't just take my word for it. Listen to it for yourself. I have two voices for you: one is the original, and the other has been transformed into the smooth tones of George Clooney.

Noble Vision

What truly resonated with me was the mission that motivated the founders to create this application in the first place. Their mission was to benefit not only gamers and content creators but also those in the transgender community who often feel marginalised, by providing a non-judgmental space. This application also serves individuals facing speech-related challenges due to disabilities like throat cancer, ALS, or Parkinson's.

This vision and mission deeply resonated with me. It immediately reminded me of my grandmother's struggle with Parkinson's in her later years, a time when her voice had dwindled to a mere whisper. I can't help but wonder how different things might have been if Voice AI had been available to us then. It could have acted as a bridge, helping us to exchange precious memories and conversations, bringing her comfort in her final days by giving her the voice she longed for.

Touchdown-scoring Quarterback 

I appreciate Voice AI for its ability to enhance communication on platforms such as WhatsApp and Zoom, making calls with family and friends more engaging. It's also a game-changer for gamers who want to elevate their gaming experience and impress their friends with a range of realistic AI voices. I'm equally intrigued by the potential for businesses to gain a competitive edge. The idea of making or answering support calls in the voices of Marilyn Monroe or Oprah Winfrey might amuse some and perplex others. Ultimately, it doesn't replace human interaction; it's an enhancement that provides genuine value, avoiding the label of being a mere parody.

Unexpected Black Mirror Style

Voice AI possesses the potential to shift from parody to genuine AI or perhaps strike a balance, especially when paired with cutting-edge Deep Fake technology like Fusion. It's almost like the beginning of a Black Mirror episode,  "Joan is Awful." DeepFakes employ advanced methods to manipulate facial appearances, and when combined, this dynamic duo can be a thrilling prospect for content creators, developers, and designers, opening up endless possibilities, or also the risk of potential disasters.

Picture Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson promoting products on your website through these technologies—a captivating thought. Now, envision Abraham Lincoln or Nelson Mandela delivering one of your product quotes. Is it an extraordinary leap forward, or are we crossing the threshold into a realm where anything and everything becomes possible, akin to a mind-bending Black Mirror episode?