Google Assistant will sound more natural thanks to WaveNet

October 9th, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

Google Assistant will start to sound a lot more natural thanks to WaveNet – a new text-to-speech (or speech synthesis) system created by Google’s DeepMind branch.

WaveNet differs from the traditional Concatenative TTS, which uses a large base of pre-recorded speech by a single voice actor, and Parametric TTS, which uses a computer generated voice, in that it can create individual waveforms using 16,000 samples per second.

WaveNet uses a large dataset of speech samples and has been trained for over 12 months to recognize which tones follow each other and what waveforms are…

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