Microsoft quietly revealed a new type of AI (it may quietly petrify you)

It had you at hello. 

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It’s quite a privilege being one of the last, whole humans.

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I’m conscious that in the tangible future, the artists formerly known as humans will be a touching hybrid of flesh and chips.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, then, when Microsoft’s researchers came along to slightly hasten the despairing future.

It all seemed so innocent and so very science-y. The headline of the researchers’ paper was creatively opaque: “Neural Codec Language Models are Zero-Shot Text to Speech Synthesizers.”

What do you imagine this might mean? There’s a new, faster way for a machine to write down your spoken words

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The researchers’ abstract begins benignly enough. It uses lots of words, phrases, and acronyms that aren’t familiar to, say, many lay human language models. It explains that the neural codec language model is called VALL-E.

Surely this name is supposed to soften you up. What could be scary about a technology that almost sounds like that cute little robot from a heartwarming movie?

Well, this perhaps: “VALL-E emerges in-context learning capabilities and can be used to synthesize high-quality personalized speech with only a 3-second enrolled recording of an unseen speaker as an acoustic prompt.”

I’ve often wanted to emerge learning capabilities. Instead, I’ve had to resort to waiting for them

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