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Beware of Deepfakes: OpenAI Announces Voice-Mimicking AI

Recently, OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has been on a roll. Besides ChatGPT’s success, the company recently introduced Sora, a system for creating 60-second video clips that look very real. It has now announced a new voice-recreating system called Voice Engine.

OpenAI has introduced its new Voice Engine technology. It can recreate anyone’s voice just from hearing a short recording. While promising, this brings huge risks if misused.

Voice Engine works like Sora did for videos. It can take a small voice clip and generate new recordings of that person saying different things. OpenAI showed it recreating a Portuguese man’s voice in English and Portuguese.

The recreation sounded close enough to fool someone familiar with the real voice. This opens doors for deepfake scams, fake news, and identity theft. Criminals could mimic voices to hack security systems or spread lies.

OpenAI knows the dangers. That’s why it’s only privately testing Voice Engine now with select businesses. It aims to add digital fingerprints to spot fakes. But the potential to masquerade as anyone online is clearly frightening.

Voice Engine may also benefit communication for people who lose their voices. Or allow speaking to loved ones who passed away. It could revoice stories and audiobooks too.

But OpenAI will take time ensuring safety first before a public release. Proceed with caution until regulations are set for such powerful mimicry tech. Stay aware of this new wave of deception facing society.

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