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Thank you Andi and Anne for sharing your conversation.
Thank you for confirming my belief that my career as an audiobook narrator is not threatened by AI, because computer programs that do what I do would be too expensive to engineer, at least in my lifetime. I make inspiring, nourishing stories more accessible to individual people. I do not aspire to be a worldwide recognized voice in demand by the largest corporations, or to record syllables that can be combined to form many words in many languages.
Thank you for broadening my perspective on the great roles of AI in VO, specifically enabling people who have voice-robbing diseases like ALS, to bank their voices to be used as the disease progresses. I remember the deeply contemplative mood I fell into when I visited Disneyland as a thirteen-year-old and saw a robotic President Abraham Lincoln deliver The Gettysburg Address. He was clearly a robot, but what moved me was how well crafted his presentation was, based on over 100 years of actors impersonating him. How marvelous to think of “banking” celebrities’ voices for future AI-generated recordings! What a great way for influential speakers and their heirs to secure their asset’s value!
I remember a mother seeking someone to filter her recently-deceased son’s voice from a recording of noise. She thought he might be saying something like, “Mom I love you.” How much might that mean to someone while grieving — even if AI creates it — using the person’s actual voice?
I understand that voice actors and computer software engineers are contributing their skills, vision, and intelligence to develop AI for audio production. I wonder how linguistics scholars are contributing to AI development.
Twenty years ago, I received significant praise when I answered my business phone, because I sounded like a professional recording. I wonder if people will become so accustomed to AI-produced recordings that common speech will take on AI’s distinguishing characteristics.
Thank you for all you’re doing to inspire and nourish!