Two Tech Companies Recreated Einstein’s Voice and You Can Ask Him Questions

They said do not meet your heroes, but fans of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein can now chat with him online (but he is not busy with any other calls).

Miracle Imitation is a glimpse into the versatility of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, created by synthetic media, voice cloning, and audio mastering tech company Aflorithmic and digital human expert UNEC. Interested in exploring more interactive solutions about the great physicist (and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize in Physics), the pair were able to work on an interactive and conversational AI that could itself gain knowledge from intelligent.

The idea is to create something that can answer any question about Einstein or his views and opinions that give quizzers instant answers. This is not UneeQ’s first instinct to create a digital human that can answer the question; an AI called Sophie is available on the Digital Einstein website. They wanted to test their digital format on a well-known person, who is famous for their intelligence and whose quiz about science and technology will be encouraged.

The technology to create avatars inspired by this reality was already there, but left the question: How do we know what kind of sound Einstein made? “The answer is: most people don’t know, and they probably don’t care,” Aflorithmic wrote in a statement about Digital Einstein.”

Working from historical recordings, the team established that he had a dense German accent, with a higher pitch, and that his words gradually reached out as if he were talking to a friend. Unable to work directly from low-quality recordings (which is often the most easily understood online pronunciation) they were unable to use the general method of voice cloning. Here, they took inspiration from the movie, instead creating a voice for Einstein’s character that informed by key features derived from historical research. The result is a comfortable, English-speaking Einstein with a German accent, which you can feel for yourself in the video below:

The ultimate hurdle, if Digital Einstein seemed to speak to reality, was that his reaction time was getting shorter (although it would be more appropriate to have a ghost by someone who has been dead for more than 60 years). This means developing a system so that whatever a person asks can be processed and rendered “Einstein’s Voice” in real-time. 

It took some rebuilding but in the end, they reduced the response time from 12 seconds to less than three. It really shows the way to what conversation AI can be and goes far beyond chatbots or customer service,” said Aflorithmic. Loneliness and therapy conversations can revolutionize by AI. Voice cloning plays a major role in this.