Synthetic Voices and Protocols Workshop

What constitutes a socially responsible synthetic voice?

Salomé Voegelin and Mark Peter Wright recently led a workshop with our project partner Prof. Simon King at The Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh. ‘Umms and ahhs: intelligibility and naturalness across disciplines’ explored notions of intelligibility and naturalness as they are practiced between speech synthesis and sound arts. Through a series of listening exercises and group discussions we approached topics such as simulation, design and social responsibility, and worked towards the development of listening protocols that explore guiding principles for creating synthetic voices.