Hand holding microphone

You may have heard of Lyrebird.ai, a Montrealian company that’s creating customized voices for personal assistants. It can mimic your voice—all you need to do is record one minute’s worth of your dulcet tones onto their website and it can create an eerily similar copy (depending on the sample’s audio quality).

Once you’ve created your “digital voice,” you can use it to read your audio book or text messages or a number of other things. Does anyone else find this a bit narcissistic? Narcissistic and yet very intriguing. It’s currently available for the English language, preferably American accent, but once this tech is in place for English, it’s only a matter of time before it expands to others.

One side offering that’s worth mentioning (in case this tech creeps you out) is that Lyrebird.ai says you can send them audio clips when you question their veracity, and they’ll check the authenticity for you. Little glitches in the audio are clues that the audio is a fraud.

Finally, because it’s a super interesting factoid, this company is named after the Australian bird that mimics sounds it hears—including car alarms, chainsaws, and camera shutter clicks (we’ll let the venerable Sir David Attenborough explain it to you in the video)—so an apropos name choice.

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Surveillance camera on wall

Often times, AI applications are helpful, interesting, and unique, and sometimes they are simply unnerving. This state-run program matches faces caught on camera to a list of government suspects, and it’s using advanced facial recognition techniques to do it. Camera’s are supposedly set up in people’s homes and around the area. Some say it alerts Chinese authorities when these people move out of a “safe zone” of 984 feet. The ultimate aim of this AI aims to predict when terrorist attacks are about to happen and aims to stop them. But is it legal under international law?

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Man drawing with paint all over hands

If you often need images for your Internet posts, you know how amazing this AI sounds. It sounds brilliantly easy to simply describe in writing what type of visual you want and have a bot draw for you. Any chance it’ll be free?

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Health professional carrying food tray to someone

It sounds morbid to predict the likelihood of someone dying within the next year. But when you think about identifying these people so they can experience their last days in their own homes sans rigorous and painful treatments that probably won’t prolong their lives, it takes on a different hue. This AI aims to change that.

According to this article, many physicians give people more hopeful diagnoses than their situations may merit. It seems nice to give someone hope while they receive devastating news, but the unintended consequences may not be. A hopeful diagnosis may prolong treatment and lead to a poorer end-of-life experience, a situation they might not choose if they understood the likelihood of their earlier passing. Eighty percent of people in the United States say they’d like to pass away in their own homes if possible, but up to sixty percent end up dying while receiving aggressive medical treatments.

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Slack insignia and name

If you search for a certain topic in Slack, there’s now a feature that’ll help you identify which one of your accessible coworkers seems to know the most about a topic. This can be really helpful for larger organizations where employees may be spread across the globe.

Slack’ll also soon be rolling out some other features that are accessible upon request, like identifying what employees are talking about, and it can even narrow it down by region.

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Man standing in front of painting at museum

Many of us have had someone tell us that we look just like so-and-so’s cousin’s best friend. But how many of us have been told we look like someone in a Rembrandt painting? Likely not too many. Now’s your chance to find your fine-art doppelganger. This AI is currently available on a limited basis in the United States, but it looks like it’ll be expanding to other countries (hopefully) soon.

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Google Street View car parked next to bus stop

Want to have a soundscape accompany your look around Google Street View? The creator of this AI thought you would. It matches the image it sees on street view with the type of sounds you might hear there.

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Man holding chest

On an emergency call, it can be really hard to tell if someone is describing the cardiac arrest of a friend or relative. They’re often panicked and have a hard time describing what’s going on. In these situations, time is of the essence. For every minute that passes, the likelihood of victim survival drops. That’s why there’s an AI helping Denmark’s emergency call operators to better identify cardiac arrests. When this AI identifies the signs of cardiac arrest, it pops a flag up on their screen. These well-trained emergency responders identify cardiac arrest 73 percent of the time, while this AI was found to identify cardiac arrest 95% of the time.

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race car on a race track

Intel and Ferrari teamed up to use AI to better understand car racing. On race day, a drone laden with a video camera that employs AI will fly high in the sky to capture footage. Then, in real time, AI will point out details of the race too subtle for the human eye. This will not only help sports commentators, but it will also help racers learn how to improve their lap times.

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