Artificial intelligence breaks through a sound barrier

Artificial intelligence has broken through a sound barrier. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an AI system that “watches” a silent video clip and generates a sound so convincing that most human viewers cannot tell whether it is computer-generated. The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab says its “deep learning algorithm” is the first to pass a “Turing test for sound” — making noises indistinguishable from the real thing. More On this topic IN Science & Environment The Visually Indicated Sounds system, Vis, was trained to analyse the sounds made when a stick hits, scrapes or prods a huge variety of objects, soft and hard, from leaves and water to soil and steel. The Vis repertoire could be extended in future to many other settings, the researchers…

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