It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2018 #NAW2018 and here at CereProc we think it’s a great opportunity to celebrate our Sales and Marketing Apprentice – Angus Rose. Angus joined us straight from school after leaving Peebles High School in 5th year. After already securing very good Higher grades, Angus decided to gain some industry experience, making an apprenticeship a perfect option.
CereProc has been working in speech synthesis and modification for many years and we are pleased to see this has started to become a more mainstream interest. Adobe, with their demo of VoCo highlighted the power and potential dangers of using speech synthesis to edit speech. Our CSO, Dr Matthew Aylett, was recently interviewed by Radiolab on how this technology could be used to create fake news. Listen to this thought provoking podcast here and see a bit of visual and audio modified Barack Obama here:
Colonel Sanders is now cheerfully greeting customers and taking orders at a KFC drive-thru – albeit in a robot format. KFC released the robot ‘chicken expert’ dubbed H.A.R.L.A.N.D. (Human Assisted Robotic Linguistic Animatronic Networked Device) to celebrate the National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th.
Conall Major (12) of Edinburgh visited CereProc office last week to learn all about speech synthesis. He worked with CereProc’s CSO Dr Matthew Aylett and had some fun playing around with our novelty Donald and Hillary voices. Conall said that the most difficult part of the work experience was finding something funny for the Hillary voice to say!
We think he did a brilliant job and wanted to share some of the samples Conall created.
Listen to Donald discuss his views on Mexicans and other matters:
A team from CereProc supported by Dr Eduardo Manuel De Brito Lima Ferreira Coutinho from the Imperial College demonstrated various aspects of speech synthesis at the Science Museum in London, as part of the Royal Society’s the Next Big Thing project.
Lisa Leoni discusses in her latest blog post how text to speech helps her work more efficiently and improve her writing. For her new novel set in Scotland, CereProc’s Stuart is the best voice for the job.
“I discovered, and subsequently fell in love with, Scottish Stuart on Cereporc. I’m writing contemporary romance set in Scotland with a Scottish hero and I wanted a level of authenticity in my text-to-speech experiences. *cough* Or something like that. After purchasing the voice it was super easy to install it to my machine.”