Text-to-speech is a prolific and extremely useful technology, but it doesn’t burst into tears often enough while reading to you, does it? There’s a fix for that from Sonantic, a company that claims to have invented “the world’s first AI capable of crying.” Finally! AI can be just as sad as we all are.

Okay, the AI isn’t actually sad, it’s engaging in a text-to-speech process that doesn’t just read the words you give it, but simulates the emotion of an acting performance. I guess in an age of CGI and Deepfakes, computer-simulated voice acting was next troubling item on the list.

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