Microsoft Developing A 'Universal' Speech Translator

March 12, 2012


Seen here looking suspiciously like the lightsaber dildo I found in my roommate's sock drawer (haha -- the truth's out, Derek! NOW CLEAN YOUR CAT'S LITTERBOX) Captain Kirk fantasizes about diddling Uhuru or whatever. Aaaaaaaaand now Microsoft has some relatively functional software that can translate a person's own voice into 26 different languages so that it still sounds like you. Because that's important. I don't want to just sound like some f***ing robot while my phone is translating 'I'm pooping liquid I need to go the the hospital' when I'm traveling internationally.

The system needs around an hour of training to develop a model able to read out any text in a person's own voice. That model is converted into one able to read out text in another language by comparing it with a stock text-to-speech model for the target language. Individual sounds used by the first model to build up words using a person's voice in his or her own language are carefully tweaked to give the new text-to-speech model a full ability to sound out phrases in the second language.

I didn't really understand any of that, but that's okay -- I do all my talking WITH MY EYES. *wink* Know what I'm saying? *wink* "I get that you're winking, but you do realize you're still talking too, right?" That...explains a lot of embarrassing situations.

Software Translates Your Voice into Another Language [technologyreview]
Microsoft's universal translator warps voices into other tongues [dvice]

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  • eljenxo

    Blinding white, now bordered by black to make the whites look even whiter!

  • JimmyThr

    hehehe stupid microsoft, that's what the babel fish is for

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    DO YOU HEAR US ?           (That who can't learn from the mistakes is destined to repeat them)

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Okay, REALLY? Is there a guy in the back corner office yelling to get out because he wants to do "design".

    BLACK IS FINE!!! Revert it at once... AGAIN!


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  • Can it translate "White background sucks asshole"?

  • Looks complicated to take all the technology in. Well just as complicated as understanding why this site layout changes constantly.

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    Enough with the skunk  striped site, GW. It stinks and you know it makes no one happy. At least acknowledge our complaints like you did back in November.

    Anyone got a Stylish or Greasemonkey fix for this?

  • Rayn_A

    Finally! I knew sleeping through my French lessons would pay off!

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  • Joxer the mighty

    OR... they could insert a babel fish in our ears.

    Bring back the black background!

  • Princessgiraffe

    Why can't it be a light grey? :( It's like an ugly ass roll of toilet paper thrown down some sexy black hole. 

  • Zane Davis

    Dear Geekologie.

    Why do you change your website in such painful ways?
    The white bounding box around the content of the page is too much contrast against the black background. At least have the gall to create a mostly white site. If you REALLY want to make a change, stop just half-assing it and put some work into a new website, rather than changing a couple colors of the old one. 

    It sure is hard to poop with only half an ass.

  • Lyndis

    Who needs that silly thing when we've got Babel Fish? ... wait

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