The ones born with the disability, or lose their voice in an accident or disease can now talk to the people using this system. A research team from three different universities published about the system that works with the help of the neural network. Epilepsy patients were asked to listen to the sentences, using the patterns that were created, a vocoder was trained. Then a robotic-sounding voice for people was made that could be understood and repeated for 75% of the time. Now, the same tests would be used, and the researchers are working on the system that reads your mind and speaks it out using a machine. This could take a while but when it is invented this would be one of the biggest achievements in the world.
Nima Mesgarani, PhD, the paper's senior author and a principal investigator at Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behaviour Institute said, "Our voices help connect us to our friends, family, and the world around us, which is why losing the power of one's voice due to injury or disease is so devastating. With today's study, we have a potential way to restore that power. We've shown that, with the right technology, these people's thoughts could be decoded and understood by any listener."
"This is the same technology used by Amazon Echo and Apple Sirito give verbal responses to our questions," said Dr. Mesgarani, who is also an associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In this scenario, if the wearer thinks 'I need a glass of water,' our system could take the brain signals generated by that thought, and turn them into synthesized, verbal speech," says Mesgarani. "This would be a game changer. It would give anyone who has lost their ability to speak, whether through injury or disease, the renewed chance to connect to the world around them."
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