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March 24, 2023

E10: The AI Voice Revolution with Mahmoud Felfel of Play.ht

E10: The AI Voice Revolution with Mahmoud Felfel of Play.ht

The development of ultra-realistic human voices is upon us, and Mahmoud Felfel's company Play.ht is leading the next generation of text-to-voice models. In this episode, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of automating a more human voice, as well as concerns about deep fakes and user safety. Also, check out the debut of Erik Torenberg's new podcast "Upstream". This coming season features interviews with Marc Andreessen, David Sacks, Balaji Srinivasan, and more. Subscribe here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1678893467 Timestamps: (0:00) Preview of Mahmoud on this episode (0:55) Sponsor: Omneky.com (1:45) Nathan clones his voice using Play.ht (6:11) Why Mahmoud started Play.ht and the problem they tried to solve (13:08) The job to be done for Play.ht & how they’re thinking about APIs and models (24:45) Mahmoud breaks down the architecture of Play.ht (29:30) How the use cases have evolved (30:00) New markets and opportunities with creators (37:00) Are we all about to become prompt engineers/directors? (44:50) Roadmap to other languages beyond English (48:00) Managing the compute(52:00) If AI-generated voices a commodity, what will happen? (55:00) Why bigger companies are late adopters of AI tools (56:30) The long-term moat of Play.ht and other applications (1:00:00) Controversial voice-cloning and potential for societal abuse (1:10:32) Commonly abused voices (1:12:36) Rapid fire questions *Thank you Omneky for sponsoring The Cognitive Revolution. Omneky is an omnichannel creative generation platform that lets you launch hundreds of thousands of ad iterations that actually work, customized across all platforms, with a click of a button. Omneky combines generative AI and real-time advertising data. Mention "Cog Rev" for 10% off.* Twitter: @CogRev_Podcast @_mfelfel (Mahmoud) @labenz (Nathan) Join 1000's of subscribers of our Substack: https://cognitiverevolution.substack Websites: cognitivervolution.ai play.ht

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The development of ultra-realistic human voices is upon us, and Mahmoud Felfel's company Play.ht is leading the next generation of text-to-voice models. In this episode, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of automating a more human voice, as well as concerns about deep fakes and user safety.

 

Also, you might be interested to check out the debut of Erik Torenberg's new podcast "Upstream". This coming season features interviews with Marc Andreessen (Episode 1 is out now), David Sacks, Ezra Klein, Balaji Srinivasan, Katherine Boyle, and more. Subscribe here: https://open.spotify.com/show/7wHYcVRmMP6rWQL9lVQJlL

 

Timestamps:

(0:00) Preview of Mahmoud on this episode 

(0:55) Sponsor: Omneky.com 

(1:45) Nathan clones his voice using Play.ht 

(6:11) Why Mahmoud started Play.ht and the problem they tried to solve

(13:08) The job to be done for Play.ht & how they’re thinking about APIs and models

(24:45) Mahmoud breaks down the architecture of Play.ht

(29:30) How the use cases have evolved 

(30:00) New markets and opportunities with creators

(37:00) Are we all about to become prompt engineers/directors?

(44:50) Roadmap to other languages beyond English

(48:00) Managing the compute(52:00) If AI-generated voices becomes a commodity, what will happen?

(55:00) Why bigger companies are late adopters of AI tools

(56:30) The long-term moat of Play.ht and other applications

(1:00:00) Controversial voice-cloning and potential for societal abuse

(1:10:32) Commonly abused voices

(1:12:36) Rapid fire questions

 

*Thank you Omneky for sponsoring The Cognitive Revolution. Omneky is an omnichannel creative generation platform that lets you launch hundreds of thousands of ad iterations that actually work, customized across all platforms, with a click of a button. Omneky combines generative AI and real-time advertising data. Mention "Cog Rev" for 10% off.*

 

Twitter:

@CogRev_Podcast

@_mfelfel (Mahmoud)

@labenz (Nathan)

 

Join 1000's of subscribers of our Substack: https://cognitiverevolution.substack

 

Websites:

cognitivervolution.ai

play.ht

omneky.com