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Hearing Voices - Issue #40, or "Basilar membrane and otolaryngology are not something Tacitron 2 can pronounce"

"He thought it was time to present the present.” - example of Tacitron 2 discerning the difference be

Hearing Voices

January 19 · Issue #40 · View online
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“He thought it was time to present the present.” 
- example of Tacitron 2 discerning the difference between two pronunciations of the word "present”. 
“I’m forwarding you this forward-thinking newsletter.”
- You, to three people who would like the “Earcons” story below.

Note: betaworks is an investor in Lunar, Gimlet, and Shine, all mentioned below. Also note: I’m not a journalist. Just a guy with a newsletter.) 
Voice-powered Thingz:
> Apollo - An alexa-like device the size of a cupholder, for audio assistance while you drive. Here’s a live demo video.
> Tacitron 2 - This was the first link in last week’s, and it got corrupted! User error! It’s the demos of very human-like sounding voices from the google project Tacitron 2.  Definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re interested in TTS (text-to-speech).
> Shine - cool to see Apple feature a voice-powered app as app of the day. This is an interactive daily motivation app that’s centered around audio.
Podcast Episodez:
> Lunar Wireless on the Pitch - Lunar pitches its $0/month cell phone plan.
Worthwhile Readz:
> “Earcons” are the icons of the ear. Among the most famous are the Windows 95 startup chime. Here’s a brief creative history of Earcons. 
> ‘Hey Siri, give me the news’ leaves beta, works with NPR, Fox, CNN, and Washington Post - “Hey Siri, welcome to 2016.”
Have a great weekend!
- Matt

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