Google’s DeepMind brought us artificial intelligence systems that can play Atari classics and the complex game of Go as well as — no, better than — humans.
Now, the artificial intelligence research firm is at it again. This time, its machines are getting really good at sounding like humans.
In a blog post Thursday, DeepMind unveiled WaveNet, an artificial intelligence system that the company says outperforms existing text-to-speech technologies by 50 percent. WaveNet learns from raw audio files and then produces digital sound waves that resemble those produced by the human voice, which is an entirely different approach.
Someday, man and machine will routinely strike up conversations with each other. We’re not there yet, but natural language processing is a scorching hot area of AI research — Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft are all in pursuit of savvy digital assistants that can verbally help us interact with our devices.
Right now, computers are pretty good listeners, because deep learning algorithms have taken speech recognition to a new level. But computers still aren’t very good speakers. Most text-to-speech systems are still based on concatenative TTS — basically, cobbling words together from a massive database of sound fragments.
Other systems form a voice electronically, based on rules about how letter combinations are pronounced. Both approaches yield rather robot-y sounding voices. WaveNet is different.
Flexing Those Computing Muscles
WaveNet is an artificial neural network, that, at least on paper, resembles the architecture of the human brain. Data inputs flow through layers of interconnected nodes — the “neurons” — to produce an output. This allows computers to process mountains of data, and recognize patterns that would perhaps take humans a lifetime to uncover.
To model speech, WaveNet was fed real waveforms of English and Mandarin speech. These waveforms are loaded with data points, roughly 16,000 to sample per second, and WaveNet digests them all.
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You still can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s possible to read one without ever opening it.
That certainly adds a new wrinkle to an age-old idiom.
But it’s true; researchers at MIT and Georgia Tech built a prototype — key word prototype — imaging system that can read individual pages in a stack of papers. It’s an early demonstration, so we’re talking a stack of only nine pages, but it’s a start.
And as the technology improves, it could someday give, say, museum curators, another tool to study ancient, fragile books they wouldn’t dare open.
To peer through stacks of paper, the system relies on terahertz radiation, which is a frequency band of electromagnetic radiation that falls between microwaves and infrared light. Terahertz imaging systems emit short bursts of radiation that can penetrate a variety of materials. Substances such as water, plastics, gases and biofuels absorb specific terahertz frequencies, which makes it easy to identify them.
NASA used the technique to inspect foam insulation structures on its shuttle fleet, and it’s the same technology used in full body scanners at the airport. You know, those scans that produced quasi-pornographic images of airplane passengers.
Researchers used a standard terahertz camera to blast radiation at a stack of 20 papers with a single letter printed on each, and a sensor detected the reflected radiation. The paper and ink each absorb their signature frequencies, revealing the letters. There are also tiny pockets of air between each sheet of paper, and this boundary affects when of the reflected signal hits the sensor.
The resulting images aren’t exactly pretty — the device’s electronics produce a background hum, and some of the radiation bounces between pages before returning to the sensor. So Georgia Tech and MIT designed algorithms that clean these images up and interpret each page’s contents. Those algorithms, which can decipher contents of tightly stacked pages, are the big improvement here.
Researchers published details about their new technique Friday in the journal Nature Communications.
Seeing Without Touching
Peeking at documents without opening them isn’t a new trick. Using the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, for example, researchers from France bombarded ancient Herculaneum scrolls with extremely high-intensity X-rays, in a process called scanning X-ray fluorescence. This caused the metallic inks inside to emit photons, and “light up.”
Terahertz imaging has also been used to see inside an ancient Egyptian jar at the Museum of Aquitaine in France. Terahertz radiation revealed previously unknown, organic contents that X-rays wouldn’t have.
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This system works and has served well for decades, but it has weaknesses.
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2. As users can create sub-folders within the storage area and files can end up being buried many layers deep in a file system.
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- Partial Copy Sandbox: A partial copy sandboxes are intended visually for any development, testing, or training purpose. It gives you 5GB of data storage and 10,000 records per selected object. This type of sandbox is paid.
- Full Sandbox: This is the only sandbox that support performance testing, load testing, and staging. It can provide an ideal environment for training, it is all the more necessary for its use in testing with accurate data.
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In Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, the hypnotic “thump thump thump” of the club music could actually convey much more than a call to dance.
Krzysztof Szczypiorski, a researcher from Poland, has developed a technique to hide messages inside dance music using subtle variations in tempo. By raising or lowering the speed of the music at levels not detectable by humans, he transmits a series of Morse code-like signals that can be picked up by a computer program. The sonic dots and dashes are then put together to spell out a message.
More Than Just Bass
Ibiza’s club music is perfect for his method because it relies on consistent bass-and-hi-hat beats of the kind meant to inspire all-night dance parties with their driving rhythms. For the type of spy who likes to hang around the Spanish party scene, however, it also represents the perfect opportunity to send super-secret messages.
Listen carefully to the beginning of this song. Could you hear the hidden code?
Szczypiorski’s technique fits in with the long tradition of steganography — the practice of hiding secret messages in plain sight. As the thinking goes, the best secret message is one that doesn’t look like a message in the first place. The first recorded example of steganography is from around 440 B.C. when a Greek ruler inscribed a message into the shaved head of his servant and sent him on his way once his hair had grown back, with instructions to shave again once he arrived.
Audio steganography dates to the Renaissance, when specific notes were used to spell out hidden messages, and the practice (or rumors thereof) has even made its way into more modern music, such as the infamous “Paul is dead” line from “Revolution 9”. Szczypiorski calls his program StegIbiza — steganography perfect for Ibiza. He published the results of his work on the pre-print server the arXiv.
To test his technique, Szczypiorski recruited an audience of ten people who either had formal music training or were professional musicians, and ten people who had no special experience. He played them instrumental samples of “Rhythm is a Dancer” by German group Snap! which he had modified to contain tiny variations in tempo.
Slowing down the tempo for a beat corresponded to a dash, while speeding it up conveyed a dot, and the whole thing spelled out “Steganography is a dancer!” When he changed the tempo by 3 percent, the shift was obvious to everyone, but when it was modified by only one percent, no one could tell. Between one and two percent, only the professionals heard a difference.
Szczypiorski also took his modified dance music to a more realistic setting — on outdoor party filled with regular listeners. There, he had a DJ manually shift the tempo of the song to gradually spell out his message to the casual dancers. In this setting, he could change the tempo by up to two percent without anyone noticing, although by the time the changes reached 4 percent, around half the party knew something was up. He didn’t go any further than that, because, as he reports, no one was interested in his music anymore.