OpenAI Unveils Voice Cloning Tool: Potential Benefits and Misuse Concerns

By
Sofia Delgado
1 min read

OpenAI revealed its new AI-based audio cloning tool called Voice Engine, showcasing potential applications like reading assistance and providing voices for those unable to speak. However, the company expressed concerns about potential abuse of this technology. Voice Engine uses existing text-to-speech technology to clone voices, requiring just a 15-second sample to create highly realistic speech. OpenAI shared example audio clips on its website, demonstrating its impressive language manipulation capabilities. This release raises apprehensions about potential misuse, given the rising sophistication of AI voice cloning tools. The company emphasized the need for caution and informed decisions regarding broader public access due to the potential for misuse. The misuse of AI voice cloning was exemplified by a recent incident involving the cloning of President Joe Biden’s voice. OpenAI aims to provoke a conversation on the responsible use of synthetic voices and society's adaptability to these advancements. This unveiling underscores the dual nature of new technology, serving both positive and exploitative purposes, including scams unrelated to AI-generated voices.

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