Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

“You could certainly come up with an episode of The Simpsons that is voiced by the characters in a believable way,” says Tim McSmythurs, a Canada-based AI researcher and media producer who has built a speech model that can be trained to mimic anyone’s voice.

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon’s new health tracker, the Halo, is a small, display-free device fitted into a fabric band that you wear on your wrist.Also, the Halo's microphone records snippets of your conversations to interpret the emotions conveyed in the tone of your speaking voice.

In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice

In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice

“I can tap on the picture of Annan (what she calls Thanaraj) and send him an audio message,” she says.“The phone connects her directly to the people who can help her,” says Thanaraj.

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

Screenshot: David Nield via SignalYou have a number of apps to choose for text messaging, but few are as security-focused as Signal (Android, iOS) while also working across multiple platforms with ease.

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

Sonos Is Having a Big Cyber Monday Sale

Sonos Is Having a Big Cyber Monday Sale

It's Cyber Monday, and there are great deals to be had on hundreds of products —including Sonos speakers.We highly recommend checking out our Sonos Buying Guide for tips on which speakers may work best for you.

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Or it could be Netflix 's fault—its release of The Haunting of Bly Manor has reinvigorated the discourse about what makes a good haunted house story and whether or not Mike Flanagan, the horror director who, between Bly Manor and Hill House and Doctor Sleep seems to be veritably obsessed with them, really has what it takes to make one that feels both scary and fascinating.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

To hear that in his own voice, I think, was one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to science.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google has updated the service to create a more fluid listening experience, so that sitting through an entire session doesn’t feel like you’re just working your way through a hodgepodge of disparate stories.

The NSA and FBI Expose Fancy Bear's Sneaky Hacking Tool

The NSA and FBI Expose Fancy Bear's Sneaky Hacking Tool

The attack has some important limitations, but it's a good reminder that modern telephony still has more than its share of security holes—and 5G isn't looking that much better .Crooks Use 'Russian SIMs' to Outfox Law EnforcementMotherboard this week took a deep dive down the rabbit hole of Russian SIMs, also known as white SIMs, that let criminals spoof phone numbers at will, or in some cases allow for real-time voice manipulation.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

In early May, when Valorant was in closed beta, publisher Riot Games said it would make an effort to curb toxicity after several of the company’s female developers spoke out about harassment they’d received in-game.

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

AT&T announced a data-cap fee waiver on Sunday, saying, "As of March 13, and for the next 60 days, we will waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice, or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.".

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Over the course of the last two weeks, at the 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid—referred to as COP25, an annual United Nations summit that gathers global leaders, scientists, and activists on issues of environmental justice—16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has commanded an unusual pull.

Trump Begins Paris Accord Exit, Devices Hacked With Lasers, and More News

Trump Begins Paris Accord Exit, Devices Hacked With Lasers, and More News

After months of threatening, President Donald Trump officially began the withdrawal process from the Paris accord—a pact signed by 200 nations, including the US, to protect the world against climate change.

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Video: The University of Electro-Communications; The University of Michigan When they used a 60 milliwatt laser to "speak" commands to 16 different smart speakers, smartphones, and other voice activated devices, they found that almost all of the smart speakers registered the commands from 164 feet away, the maximum distance they tested.

Ford Screens Go Big, a WhatsApp Hacking Case, and More News

Ford Screens Go Big, a WhatsApp Hacking Case, and More News

That's how long scientists allowed frozen sperm to be in microgravity as part of a study on what human reproduction would look like in space.If you were buying a new car, wouldn't you want to have the best features, safety, and value for your money?

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

The bigger screens will allow Ford to show multiple applications (like navigation, phone, and radio) simultaneously, and to automatically configure their arrangement based on which the driver uses most frequently.The new screens will run Sync 4 and offer enough real estate to comfortably display multiple applications, configured to the user's liking.

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Maybe the most powerful part of the speech was when he said, “I’m not going to be around forever,” and so he thinks it essential to deeply embed free speech values into Facebook so the company continues giving voice to people long after he’s gone.

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

But then the dog reaches around and his mouth tugs something on the yellow vest he’s wearing, and you hear it again.“My owner needs your attention!

Little Talk of Sustainability at Amazon's Big Hardware Event

Little Talk of Sustainability at Amazon's Big Hardware Event

Amazon’s annual hardware event on Wednesday was not unlike its product announcements from years prior: The company unveiled a dizzying number of new Echo speakers, showed off how it's improving Alexa through sophisticated speech technology, and even revealed a couple of skunkworks projects—smart glasses and a smart ring—at the very end of its presentation.

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Market research firm Forrester recently tested the commercial capabilities of voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The researchers asked each voice assistant 180 questions about products and services, like "what brands sell liquid laundry detergent?"

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

For anyone still looking to interact with a fellow human being while wearing AirPods, Apple announced a sound-sharing feature, which allows multiple users to connect to the same audio source.