A new tool that makes it possible for computers to mimic a specific person’s voice causes alarm.
I didn’t see this article when it first came out, but WOW! A Photoshop-like application that can change audio? At first, it sounds like a really cool app, but as this article explains, it could actually be rather dangerous in the wrong hands.
As content developers, understanding that there are tools like this possibly on the market helps us to understand some of the possibilities and limitations of where we, as technical communicators, can take content to the next level. Who says we can’t take someone’s voice and alter it to read something else, just like reading text of any other source content? Or have the ability to replace an image or other multimedia element that we have now? As the article points out in more details, copyright infringements are a first consideration, but what about security based on voice commands? What about altering audio that gives a different message? Especially after this recent U.S. election, the issue of “fake news” influencing the election would be grossly affected if such technology was already out–it’d be worse than it already is!
Read this article, and give me some feedback about what you think about this upcoming technology. Is it good, bad, or do we need to wait and see how it will be distributed first? Include your comments below.