$6M fine for robocaller who used AI to clone Biden’s voice

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The FCC has proposed a $6 million fine for the scammer who used voice-cloning tech to impersonate President Biden in a series of illegal robocalls during a New Hampshire primary election. It’s more about robocalls than AI, but the agency is clearly positioning this as a warning to other would-be high-tech scammers.

As you may recall, in January, many voters in New Hampshire received a call purporting to be a message from the president telling them not to vote in the upcoming primary. This was, of course, fake — a voice clone of President Biden using tech that has become widely available over the last couple years.

While creating a fake voice has been possible for a long time, generative AI platforms have made it trivial: Dozens of services offer cloned voices with few restrictions or oversight. You can make your own Biden voice pretty easily with a minute or two of his speeches, which naturally are easily found online.

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A University of Washington team has developed an artificial intelligence system that lets a user wearing headphones look at a person speaking for three to five seconds to "enroll" them.

The system, called "Target Speech Hearing," then cancels all other sounds in the environment and plays just the enrolled speaker's voice in real time even as the listener moves around in noisy places and no longer faces the speaker.

"We tend to think of AI now as web-based chatbots that answer questions," said senior author Shyam Gollakota, a UW professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

"But in this project, we develop AI to modify the auditory perception of anyone wearing headphones, given their preferences. With our devices you can now hear a single speaker clearly even if you are in a noisy environment with lots of other people talking."

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