Google’s AI brainiacs achieve speech-generation breakthrough

MIKE BLAKE/Reuters A Google logo is seen at a Best Buy electronics store in this file photo illustration taken in Encinitas, California, on April 11, 2013. To match Special Report TAX-BIGTECH/ REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS LOGO SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY MEDIA) Google’s DeepMind unit, which is working to develop super-intelligent computers, has created a system for machine-generated speech that it says outperforms existing technology by 50 percent. UK-based DeepMind, which Google acquired for about 400 million pounds (NZ$725 million) in 2014, developed an artificial intelligence called WaveNet that can mimic human speech by learning how to form the individual sound waves a human voice creates, it said in a blog post Friday (local time). ALSO READ:* Google’s Deep Mind artificial intelligence research could replace the IT helpdesk* Google CEO Sundar Pichai sees…

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