The ability to convert text to speech in phone calls was made available to South Korean users as part of Samsung’s Bixby services.
Currently, the technology of voice simulations with artificial intelligence is used in podcasts and video games. This fascinating technology will be available to the public much sooner than you think. Samsung today added a new feature to its Bixby voice assistant that allows users to mimic their voice to answer phone calls. If someone calls you and you cannot answer out loud, speak to the other person by typing the desired text and your simulated voice.
According to The Verge, the new voice simulation feature of Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby is currently only available in Korea and for a limited number of Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra users. Using an artificial intelligence-based voice simulation system to answer voice calls seems like an attractive idea; Because today’s technology has advanced to such an extent that it is possible to simulate the voice of any person in just a few minutes with excellent quality, just like some action movies.
Answering voice calls through a text-based user interface is not a completely new feature; Because this feature was made available to owners of Samsung devices in One UI 5 called Bixby Text Call. The quality was previously only available in Korean, But now it is also available in English. Google offers a similar service called Call Screen, which can be used to answer phone calls with an automatic voice. Of course, unlike Bixby Text Call, the Google service only offers the option of choosing some pre-prepared texts.
It’s pretty easy to imagine that the ability to answer calls with a simulated voice will shortly become more advanced. After all, you can connect the text-to-speech audio simulator to chatbots like ChatGPT or the new Bing. Samsung has promised that in the future, the simulated voice of users will be compatible with other applications of this company. However, we still need to learn what the Korean technology giant means by this promise.
You can ask AI chatbots to summarize the contents of calls. Tech companies have long promised that their intelligent assistants can provide such a feature, and a voice simulator with the user’s voice can make this promise a reality.
The sound simulation feature and its advantages can also cause problems. With Duplex AI voice calls, Google has promised its users a function similar to the Bixby Text Call feature. This technology was introduced in 2018 as a solution for automatic table reserving in restaurants, But it met with other feedback. Some described it as unethical, and others said that this feature makes the person receiving the call need more work and is a pain to use.
However, we expect to see artificial intelligence-based voice simulation technology improvements over time. When you call someone, you won’t be able to tell if you are talking to a natural person or a simulated voice.