Wikipedia gets an update after 10 years

The world’s most popular free encyclopedia wikipedia has been updated. Wikimedia, which runs Wikipedia has released the first major update to its desktop interface in ten years. The updated desktop interface arrives as English Wikipedia celebrates the completion of its 22nd year. The new updated interface places an emphasis on usability and the ease with which knowledge can be shared. The most recent update is now available on 94% of the 318 language versions of the portal for all desktop users. The company has said that the new desktop interface has…

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Microsoft AI tool VALL-E can clone your voice from a 3-second audio

Microsoft is working on an artificial intelligence called VALL-E that can clone someone’s voice from a three-second audio clip. VALL-E is trained with 60,000 hours of English speech and is capable of mimicking a voice in “zero-shot scenarios”, meaning the AI tool can make a voice say words it has never heard before. VALL-E uses text-to-speech technology to convert written words into spoken words in “high-quality personalized” speeches, according to the 16-page paper. VALL-E used recordings of over 7,000 real speakers from LibriLight, an audiobook dataset comprised of public-domain texts read…

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