Voice-Cloning Technology Bringing Key Historical Moments to Life

(VitalNews.org) – Voice-cloning technology allows people to hear important moments in history as if they were there when they happened. Seventy years ago Chief Justice Earl Warren announced the historic decision in regards to Brown v Board of Education.

It’s now possible to hear Warren speak on this decision thanks to voice-cloning technology. It has allowed people to “hear” Warren and the arguments of lawyers from that time in 1954 because of the amazing voice-cloning capabilities of technology.

The “hearing” which is being referred to as “Brown Revisited” will be available on brown.oyez.org as part of a website that was put together by Northwestern University professor Jerry Goldman. It will allow people to hear oral arguments of cases over the decades from the Supreme Court, and they will be able to follow along with written transcriptions.

Goldman spoke out about how recordings of oral arguments didn’t start until 1955, which was after the Brown v Board of Education ruling. “I could give you the libretto to ‘Madame Butterfly,’” said Goldman, “But would you rather read it, or would you rather sit and listen to the performance?”

The arguments that were recorded after this time weren’t available to people for general knowledge until even the 2000s. This is what inspired Goldman to utilize voice-cloning to give people audio to listen to for those cases that were not recorded.

Goldman was able to do this by consulting written notes that were left behind by Warren, and he was able to get the presentation down to a one-hour and forty-five minute presentation.

The ability to clone voices can be beneficial in some cases, but there are a lot of concerns surrounding this as well such as deep fakes, especially entering into an election year.

With this, Ravit Dotan, CEO of TechBetter, said that she’s concerned about cloning people’s voices without their consent.

“In the future, I can envision laws that determine how long a person’s likeness rights persist after their death, similar to copyright, which expires 70 years after the creator’s death,” she said.

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