How to use technology to get a big pay rise…

31 January 2017

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As you would expect, everyone at Be-IT is extremely content with their packages.  However, if Gareth called me in to say, “Michael, I’m so impressed by your work I’d like to make you an offer you can’t refuse.  Please accept this 50% increase in salary, and while you’re at it, you can have three months holiday this year,” then I might, just might, be tempted to say yes.  However, not only will hell have frozen over by the time that happens, but vast flocks of porcine creatures will be flying past our windows and you won’t be able to move in the streets for the piles of rocking-horse droppings.

But supposing there was a way to make this happen…?

Well, if the article I’ve just read on Motherboard is right, then there might just be.  It seems that Adobe have worked out how to manipulate voice recordings in much the same way we do with images via their Photoshop software, but even better! 

voice recording

In other words, much as you’d take a picture of one of your colleagues and then superimpose the head of a donkey (or worse) on it, you can now apparently take a voice recording (say of your boss) and not just cut and paste the words but actually create totally different, original recordings in the person’s voice. In fact, you don’t even need the skills that a creative brings to Photoshop – you can do all this via your keyboard.  As the Motherboard article explains, “according to Adobe, after about 20 minutes of listening to a voice, users can make the voice say whatever they want just by typing it out.”  To illustrate how this works, there is a nice wee audio clip on YouTube, which makes for entertaining listening.

If you don’t mind, I’ll let you get on with listening to this on your own. I’ve got a man to see about my holidays…

Michael Phair, Be-IT Resourcing

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