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VoiceBuddy – Tapping Into The Power of Amazon and Google Technology To Create Life Like Voice Overs

We all know that having text to speech is a very powerful tool when it’s done right. However, we’ve seen that most text to speech tools just don’t deliver quality results and sound like a robot suffering from dementia.…That’s where VoiceBuddy came to be.

VoiceBuddy encompasses the best of both worlds when it comes to text to speech technology. Simply stated, it combines Google Wave Net and Amazon Polly technology into one software platform with a lot of added features.

There are many ways you can use text to speech technology and make a profit. But none of them are more prevalent than creating videos. And that’s where VoiceBuddy will shine. You will love the fact that you can churn out high quality natural sounding audio without a ton of hassle.

Take A Look At Some Of The Current Voices Included Inside Of Voice Buddy…

  • 141 of Voices To Choose From – As I have mentioned earlier, VoiceBuddy have combined Google Wave Net and Amazon Polly into the VoiceBuddy platform. Therefore you’ll get the best of both worlds!
  • 33 Languages To Choose From – English isn’t the only popular language today. That’s why they’ve made sure to include multiple languages inside of VoiceBuddy. This way you can create audio in some of the most popular languages today without missing a beat.

100% Customization At Your Fingertips – No Other Text To Speech Platform Comes Close!

Other text to speech software apps either include Google Wave Net or Amazon Polly. Where’s the value in that? This, in our opinion, is incredibly underwhelming. They wanted to up the stakes so they’ve programmed both into VoiceBuddy. But that’s only the beginning.

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There’s Also These Incredible Features Like:

  • Easy To Use Dashboard – Everything is right where you need it. No clicking around trying to find the tools to use. The layout is designed to make sure you can start generating high quality text to speech fast.
  • Text To Speech Editor – You’ll also be able to edit all of your text you put into VoiceBuddy at a moment’s notice. The wide layout makes sure you can comb over your text with ease.
  • Add Notes To Each Audio File – Had an idea for a particular audio? No worries. Just click to add notes to any audio and you’ll never forget your thoughts and how to use that audio in the future.
  • Find Previously Created Audios Easily – We’re sure that once you get going with VoiceBuddy, you’re going to be creating tons of audio files from text. That’s why VoiceBuddy have made finding any audio easy just by doing a simple search.
  • Plus, you can also: Set Emphasis How You Like, Set Say As, Set The Pitch of Your Audio, Adjust The Speed of Speech, Set Breaks For More Natural Talking, Set Paragraph Breaks, Set Sentence Breaks.

Everything Is 100% Cloud Based – No Need To Install Anything!

You’ll also love the fact that VoiceBuddy doesn’t require you to download or install anything. This works on every device you have. Doesn’t matter if you have a PC, Mac, Chromebook, Tablet, or Smartphone. If you want to generate speech from text, just simply log in from your device, add your script and click submit. And in a few minutes, you’ll have a fresh brand new audio file ready to attract listeners.

VoiceBuddy can help you cut your workload to shreds while delivering the most natural sounding human like voices available today. To try and create something of this level on your own would easily run you $3,000 and up. Not to mention all the additional features involved and the updates it takes to keep VoiceBuddy top notch. But they’re not asking you for $3,000 today. Heck, they’re not even ask you for $500…which by the way, would be worth the investment in VoiceBuddy just by saving you from having to pay voice over talent.

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Tests Show That Voice Assistants Still Lack Critical Intelligence

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Increasingly, voice assistants from vendors such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others are starting to find their way into myriad of devices, products, and tools used on a daily basis. While once we might have only interacted with conversational systems on our phones, dedicated desktop appliances, or desktop computers, we can now find conversational interfaces on a wide range of appliances and products from televisions to cars and even toaster ovens. Soon, any device we can interact with will have an audio conversational interface instead of buttons or screens to type or click. The dawn of the conversational computing age is here.

However, are these devices intelligent enough to handle the wide range of queries that humans are posing? The objective of finding out how intelligent these systems really are is the goal of Cognilytica’s most recent Voice Assistant Benchmark aiming to test the cognitive capabilities of the most widely deployed voice assistant devices on the market. (Disclosure: I am a principal analyst with Cognilytica). 

In its second iteration, the Voice Assistant Benchmark asks 120 questions grouped into 12 categories of various levels of cognitive difficulty. These questions aim to test not only the ability for the devices to understand the questions being asked, but also their underlying knowledge graph and cognitive capabilities.

To results of the questions asked are evaluated into one of four categories: Category 0 responses are those in which the device either could not answer the question at all or defaulted the user to a search or other generic response. Category 1 responses are those in which the device responds with an irrelevant or incorrect response. Category 2 responses are those in which the device responds such that a human must make the determination as to what the right response is. Category 3 responses are clear, straightforward answers that provide an acceptable response to the user.

Each response is also marked with whether or not the response is “adequate” to address the specific question being asked. In most cases, a Category 3 response is required to be adequate, but in some situations Category 0 responses are preferred when we would rather the device not attempt to answer something that is intentionally ambiguous or even jibberish. The benchmark tallies up all the total adequate responses and then compares them against what the top score could possibly be. Since these backends are regularly improving, this benchmark is repeated regularly to see how the voice assistant responses change over time.

Results from the Benchmark

While the voice assistants this round did dramatically better than they did in the previous first version of the benchmark,  they still performed, as a whole, inadequately. For the current benchmark, Alexa provided the greatest number of adequate responses at 49 out of 144 questions asked (34.7%) while Google followed close behind with 48 out of 144 questions responded adequately (34.0%). Microsoft’s Cortana showed the biggest improvement over the past benchmark with 46 out of 144 adequate responses (31.9%). Apple’s Siri trails the pack with 35 out of 144 adequate responses (24.3%). The charts below outline overall adequate answers as well as total answers for each category 0-3.

The questions asked were those that an elementary school student should be easily able to understand and respond to. As such, if these voice assistants were in school, they’d all get a failing grade.

Interesting Responses from Voice Assistants

What is most interesting in these benchmarks is that it’s clear that the voice assistant companies are continually working on their knowledge graphs and underlying cloud-based AI technology that powers the intelligence of these devices. After all, the intelligence of these devices is not in the device itself but in the big infrastructure in the cloud powered by lots of compute power and data to support it.

So, in essence, what’s really being testing is the intelligence of the big back-end system, and not what’s on the device itself. From the benchmark, it’s clear that there is evidence that these companies are working very hard to improve and broaden their underlying data and these conversational systems continue to improve over time.

All results of the benchmark questions and answers are recorded on video to document and keep transparent the category results, and also so we can have some evidence of how these systems are improving over time.

How far away are we from truly intelligent voice assistants?

Given that these voice assistants still seem to fail with fairly basic and straightforward questions, it makes us ask: How far away are we from a truly valuable, intelligent conversational system? We’re actually much closer than it might seem. While these devices still have a long way to go to prove that they can reliably answer most questions, the rate of improvement is impressive. The major vendors are putting large teams to work making these devices better.

Amazon alone has claimed over 10,000 employees in their Alexa division. And news continues to trickle out about how Microsoft, Google, and Apple are putting humans in the loop, improving the devices by listening in on conversations. While this is definitely a controversial practice, and possibly a compliance and regulatory related concern, it is clear that the vendors are doing this to continue to train and evolve the models that power these voice assistant systems.

As such, we can expect continued cognitive capabilities in the devices, and benchmarks as the above should continue to show improvements over time. And benchmarks like this one will help show how quickly these voice assistants continue to improve.

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Ronald Schmelzer is Managing Partner & Principal Analyst at AI Focused Research and Advisory firm Cognilytica (http://cognilytica.com), a leading analyst firm focused on application and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in both the public and private sectors. He is also co-host of the popular AI Today podcast, a top AI related podcast that highlights various AI use cases for both the public and private sector as well as interviews guest experts on AI related topics.

He is a sought-after expert in AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more. Ron received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Tests Show That Voice Assistants Still Lack Critical Intelligence

The great thing about VoiceBuddy is that you can download every single audio you create quickly and easily by mp3 format. This will allow you to import to every possible software available because mp3 is the normal format that a lot of software take nowadays.

  • Select your language and voice
  • Paste your text into Voice Buddy
  • Click to generate your audio

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