The wonders of artificial intelligence never cease to amaze, especially when coming from the virtual mouth of SpongeBob SquarePants.
A website by the name of 15.ai lets you pick from a range of popular fictional characters, type some text in and get an eerily accurate voicing of your input.
15.ai is run by a sole person, who describes the deep-learning text-to-speech tool as an example of how it's possible to get highly accurate voice replication from very small data sets.
Originally beginning as a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 15.ai has evolved into a project demonstrating that voices can be accurately cloned with just 15 seconds of data.
The whole thing even interprets tone and emotion using a technology known as "DeepMoji", a sentiment analysis model based on 1.2 billion tweets of data.
Among the characters currently included for your text-to-speech enjoyment are SpongeBob, Portal's GLaDOS, the cast of Team Fortress 2, Rise from Persona 4, and — of course — the My Little Ponies.
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Impressive tech indeed.
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