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  • in reply to: “AI voice actors sound more human than ever” #51163

    On the flipside, maybe, just maybe this is the kind of ultimate bottom needed for people to seek options to compete.

    And that will be either by expanding what can be aired, shock value style, and or people that other people can actually connect to.

    Tired of KBOT and the endless shuffle? Say hello to… and maybe the cycle closes in on itself and we get some good radio before we all tip over.

    in reply to: “AI voice actors sound more human than ever” #51162

    There is high controversy in the most recent Anthony Bourdain biography film.

    They used voice cloning to present letters he wrote in his voice rather than that of a narrator. They also used it a touch here and there elsewhere in the film and are not being specific about where, and so far where it’s real is unclear, other than the letters.

    Check these out:


    For now, that’s real people. A lot of work is being done to eliminate them.


    If I were to place bets, right now someone, somewhere is training an AI on the various forms of broadcast speech.

    Break this down into a few rough archetypes, and the voices will be familiar enough to pass. Bonus for making sure there are cool beats / ambient sounds present to help the listener through the experience. That’s gonna happen.

    As for source material?

    Text, or what needs to be said, what could be said, is the same problem. The archetypes won’t be people as much as it will be content form and purpose, then drill down by region. Think “Tiegard” instead of “Tigard.” (that one really grated and I still remember it.)

    Having followed the voice systems closely, what they don’t talk about too much is the voice cloning. One does not need a ton of source material to get a convincing clone. A full range of emotional connotation and inflection takes considerably more though. It’s quite possible, right now, to dub in short phrases, say for a ratings problem, botched line, or reconsider post shot. And the facial movements ride along and are convincing in short chunks too.

    Arnold could be saying, “WHILE FAT TACK” as easily as “I’LL BE BACK”, and you can bet some clown somewhere is going to hit a home run with that tech. Then end up in court.

    Hey kids! It’s been a while. I rarely listen to radio, unless I travel. Haven’t done much of that, so…

    But, I have to say this:



    All those conversations we had about connecting with people, mind to mind, people being able to pick up on the mind on the other end, and or how diluting that mind, passing it through rules, spreading it out, and such reduce the value, the potency of the connection and what that means for radio as a medium ARE BANG ON CORRECT.

    And everyone here knows that. Nothing new, right?

    Well, here we are a decade or two beyond the breaking point, and it’s all stale, nothing like what we know is possible. We know why, how, all of it.

    Now, here’s the kicker:

    Because it’s been made stale, the problem space needed to “solve” this and have computer generated radio is an order smaller than it was prior.

    Lowering all those expectations to save a buck, reduce the value of talent, and, and, and, mean people largely won’t have the identification to the medium necessary to both detect this is happening, or give a shit if / when they do.

    I predict they will detect it, not due to the voice quality. To me, that’s almost solved. Crazy good. No, they will detect it when the people who do this do the same thing everyone is doing, and that is to save that last buck, max out the unbridled greed, and botch it with a great voice spewing nonsense.

    I also bet the first uses will be quick autogenerated ADS and what I’ll call “parametric” branding and imaging.

    Basically, have someone good generate one, say KBOT, the AI voice of the future heard today.

    Get the music bits, branding phrases that pay, all that crap done. Run it through a data corpus of prior efforts and have it spit out a few different ones using a set of audio images packaged together to work together.

    Once that’s done, pitch ’em by region, “customized” based on “research” and get about what one gets today on much shorter timelines and cost.

    Gonna be brutal!

    in reply to: Alaska Safety Dance #51152

    The racists need a hug.

    Theocrats need a place to live.

    Bigots need to see the doctor…

    Chances are, “those other people”, struggle same as you and me, anyone does.

    “Those other people” are US. Class matters.

    In my view, love, friendship, understanding, all are the basis for enough of us to demand economic justice with the same vigor we get after cultural, social justice. What good is social progress when people can’t live reasonably, with some dignity, raise their kids, laugh, love, care?

    So far, perusing the answer to those questions has been an interesting journey. Just prior to the pandemic, I had been all over the nation, overseas, and in coffee shops, parks, events just getting people to talk, declare what is, share their truths and it was powerful.

    I am convinced more of that is needed, and that it will help.

    Those gigs seem right in the pocket for you Chris! Paid, not paid, does not matter when you mean it, even just a little, and they pick up on that intent. Probably, they will live a bit more or longer for it. Or, in the really hard end of life time, you can connect people, actualize their thoughts and make both a new journey seem less scary, grim, while at the same time helping them to live on through others who know them, her and now and for the little ones to come.

    I feel that. Read it and am moved. Damn good Chris.

    And as we have talked about here how many times? The recently departed Limbaugh, and the somewhat later Ed Schultz (who I do miss on the few drive times I have right now), as examples, both showed us outrage, hate, shock, awe all sells.

    I am not diminishing skills, EIB, so to speak.

    I am saying it is an easier, more fertile field of play that bears fruit given tending and attention.

    The flipside is a lot harder!

    People feel it all the same. And maybe, just maybe more of us able to talk, to set the lists of “those other people”, “who need to be taught a lesson” aside, understand one another better, feel what really matters, might help get our priorities in better order. This field takes real work. Rows are old, ground parched, lean. These fruits are oh so sweet, but rare because we just have not done the work.

    And as we do, the ground will improve, rewards will come easier, and all that good stuff we know and love, more abundant amd robust.

    Good on ‘ya! I believe you will find far more than you seek, and it will be delish!

    in reply to: Alaska Safety Dance #51144

    Hey Chris!

    We will be celebrating 30 plus years as well! Love her all you can. I am. Who knows what will come, but it won’t be today.

    Yes, Pooky is 5 and is probably vaccinated the old school way, and Covid for her was body aches and two weeks of that healing sleep young ones can draw on. We feel lucky. Could have been so much worse. I lost two people to this thing.

    Hey, you will get a kick out of this! So, I 3D printed a model of the virus, human scale. She loved it, and showed everybody. 4 at the time, “Papa made this, it is the virus!” Being able to actualize it helped her a lot. Still has it. Sometimes she looks at it, thinking thoughts. To her, it is a big deal. It is, but being 4, 5? I talk with her and she tries to tell me. Gets more and better out each time.

    The pandemic hit the kids hard. So many social things. They are catching up fast now with a bit more freedom.

    I am glad to know you both are doing well. We are too. Nothing major.

    We have Trump people in the fam too.

    Fact is, 70 million cast votes.

    So, after the hard political times, not that they are easy now, I resolved to play it much differently. Avoid judgement, blame, shame.

    When others trust that, they talk. Real talk and it is good. And people need that more than many of them know. And they struggle, love, play, do, need same as any other people too.

    There is a quiet power in that. Times are real tough for way too many of us. Understanding that may bring us better times, more clear priorities, action on what matters, not what we may be told matters.

    Family, people who have been there for me, friends all who I know are solid people matter more.

    The rest will work out.

    in reply to: Alaska Safety Dance #51098

    I just saw this, and had to log in. They packed all the cool elements of the song in there, and the marketing message, PSA aspects are all resonant. Knocked it out of the park! I flew twice during the pandemic, both trips were as clean as they could make it, and were shitty. No one’s fault, just hard travel conditions.


    Everyone in the family is vaccinated, except for the young one. We got a combination of moderna and Pfizer. No bad effects. I got covid very early last year, late February. Major bad… Was quite rough, down for a month.

    The start-up I’m working on lost its primary investor due to covid, in Florida. They have been gone since about June last year.

    Politically, Biden is doing better than I thought he would, and that’s a good thing. Nina Turner may make it to Congress, that could be a great thing.

    Hey everyone! I hope everyone’s happy healthy and seeing this pandemic in the rearview mirror.

    in reply to: Biden/Harris 2020 #47396

    Oh, and don’t bother writing it to me, unless you want to wait a while.

    I’ll be around post election.

    There are a lot of GREAT politics and candidates to be excited about, and that’s where my available time and energy are at present.

    Look forward to a real economic left caucus post election. That’s already a lock.

    But yeah, otherwise? Biden Harris? LMAO. No. Said it early on too. Meant every word.

    in reply to: Biden/Harris 2020 #47394

    And that’s a no, the one combination I called out very early on.

    So, we have a feeble liar, with a toxic record, who opposes Medicare For All during a Pandemic, and who has a history of attempts to cut Social Security.

    And we have an authoritarian who definitely opposes law enforcement reform during a time of intense and uncalled for police brutality.

    LOL, good luck.

    I will have no part of that shit, and have made my plans to go live nicely, out away from the majority of this mess.

    Of course, I have all the time, money and advocacy in the world for politicians willing to represent me and mine.

    Neither of these two have any interest in doing that.

    Watch over the next couple of months as Kamila does more to make electing Biden harder than Biden himself is currently doing.

    in reply to: Best Campaign Ad Yet? #46867

    “Vote Joe because trump”

    Works for me

    Indeed it does. Will for most people. Hopefully, enough people.

    That does not make it any less pathetic.

    in reply to: Best Campaign Ad Yet? #46838

    The left, real left not corporatist, won’t think much of this:

    Trump Bad
    Tell Trump to fuck off.
    A shitty Republican says Biden is great, “what’s not to like?”
    Joe can help shitty Republicans who should know better anyway, reject Trump.


    Get back to me when it is actually about Americans, not just how shitty Trump is.

    Yes, being against Trump is both easy (like super easy), and not the same as being for Americans.


    Trump Bad!
    Lindsey says so too!
    Vote Joe, because Trump

    in reply to: SpaceX and NASA send team to the Space station #46642

    Also, say what you want about Musk. He is a total PITA, but if we are to have such extreme wealth be possible, he is the model for putting it to use.

    Takes big risks, has been at zero a couple times now. Excellent.

    in reply to: SpaceX and NASA send team to the Space station #46641

    It is!

    Neil wanted more government exploration and Buzz wanted private industry.

    Buzz won out.

    It is a new era. Will be interesting to watch it all play out.

    in reply to: Minneapolis Riots #46630

    Twitter #protests2020 and the like, take a city #portland and tack riot or protest onto it gets you a lot of citizen reporting.

    I wish the MSM would show more.

    The people cleaning up, others assisting with food, provisions, shelter.

    Some police walked with people.

    Lots of people talking in the aftermath.

    in reply to: FWD “Friends With Differencces” #46629

    I don’t have much to say about carter as President.

    Carter post President has been an exemplary public servant. Put his position in life to the task of doing real, tangible good.

    The Carter standards for fair elections are admirable and well respected globally. Some US States could pay more attention…

    Brian: nor have I

    I know two types:

    Believers. They are all in. They feel strongly about why things suck and see Trump in a way that can break through, make it better.

    Angry. Protest voters. Accellerationists. They want to tear it down. Do not believe there are meaningful answers otherwise.

    What people, who do believe there are answers in the system, do not understand is this whole thing is not about them anymore.

    It is about the ones we have lost to disbelief. There are too many now.

    in reply to: The Crappening #46610

    Do notice I have delivered near zero personal judgements and attacks.

    I won’t post the lists. Guys, they are LONG.

    When do you realize shame and blame are not answers here?

    in reply to: Minneapolis Riots #46608

    Protests in London: NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

    Last night Minnesota Governor flat out admitted there were too many people.

    Portland saw escalation last night. Two banks, the Justice Center trashed hard, Apple, Nike other glass window shops looted.

    Curfew in place as of last night.

    Buckle up! This is not winding down.

    People are pissed, and agitator groups of all kinds see the moment.

    Finally, police are showing the lack of effective doctrine.

    Pre 80’s (ish) that was protect and serve. As imperfect as police were, deescalation was part of the training and leadership.

    Today the doctrine is escalation of force to compliance. I know first hand and put it here.

    Aggressive Verbal
    Physical Force
    Aggressive Force
    Deadly Force.

    There is no ability to escalate wired into most police and their leaders.




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