Being the nerd that I am, I’ve been experimenting with Google’s new WaveNet speech synthesis AI, and Amazon’s Polly application. These are both new generation text-to-speech applications. Just give them some lines of text and they will talk it back to you. This technology has come a long way in a short period of time, and it’s at a point now where it’s getting very close to actual human speech.
Still, out-of-the-box AI narration is a bit monotone and boring. However, with the dexterous use of some handy markup language, you can start to add some feeling and emotion to the voices—you can probably tell where this is going. So this got me thinking, and I decided to experiment using the first chapter of Entanglement… after all, who better to narrate an AI, than an actual AI. To be fair, I can never see this replacing a professional voice actor, at least not anytime soon. But it does give the ability to have different voices for each of the characters in the book.
Anyway, you can have a listen to my first attempts here. The beginning is a bit rough but it improves as it progresses through the chapter—and as I learn a bit more about how to use the markup language.
I might do a new chapter every month and you can let me know what you think.
The Belt: ENTANGLEMENT – Chapter 1.