This is impressive…

… and also a bit frightening. In the online Fedora Magazine, Marius Schwarz yesterday described how to build your own personal voice assistant on Linux, and that’s the impressive part.

The frightening one is how close professional voice generation has become. If you listen to Google’s text-to-speech examples, and switch to a British or a German voice (and give it some text of course), that’s the “Wow!” part. But for this, your text will be sent to Google’s servers to process it in realtime, so some privacy issues might occur. But it won’t be long now, so is my guess, before you can really trick us humans into believing that this would be a real person speaking… see Turing test and so on.

As always, thanks for reading.