AI-generated deepfake voices can fool both humans and smart assistants

Freely available software that may mimic a particular individual’s voice produces results that can fool persons and voice-activated tools such as for example smart home assistants.

Security researchers are increasingly concerned by deepfake software, which uses artificial intelligence to improve videos or photographs, for instance by mapping one person’s face onto another.

Emily Wenger at the University of Chicago and her colleagues wanted to investigate audio versions of these tools, which generate realistic English speech based on an example of a person’s voice, …

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