Voice Cloning as an Assistive Tech: Leveraging Technology for the Vocally Impaired

Voice cloning for amyloidosis: the case of Michael York

About ten years ago, the actor Michael York sadly discovered he was suffering from amyloidosis. This is the name of a group of rare conditions caused by the accumulation of amyloid, an abnormal protein that makes it difficult for tissues and organs to work properly, disrupting their vital activity and functionality. The condition caused by the illness is quite similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

  • laryngectomy — a surgery where all or part of the voice box is removed
  • tracheostomy — a surgery that involves the insertion of a tube through the neck and into the windpipe
  • glossectomy — a surgery where all or part of the tongue is removed

Legal complications of voice cloning and banking

While voice cloning and voice banking have obvious benefits and commercial potential, the technology raises concerns among security experts. For example, the technology can be used by cybercriminals.

So what to expect from voice cloning?

Voice cloning technology delivers many benefits as an assistive tech, in the filmmaking industry, dubbing processes, and so on.



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