Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Author(s): Trevor Cox

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Being able to speak is what makes us human.If you've ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others - and whether we trust them - not just by their words but by the way they talk- their intonation, their pitch, their accent.Now You're Talking explores the full range of our voice - how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong; and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice. Trevor Cox talks to vocal coaches who help people to develop their new voice after a gender change; to record producers whose use of technology has transformed the singing voice; and to computer scientists who replicate the human voice in their development of artificial intelligence.Beginning with the Neanderthals, Now You're Talking takes us all the way to the digital age - with the frightening prospect that we may soon hear 'Unexpected item in the bagging area' more frequently than a friendly 'Hello, how are you?' in the street.


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Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford. He has presented numerous science radio documentaries and his previous book, Sonic Wonderland- A Scientific Odyssey of Sound, was published to great acclaim in 2014.

General Fields

  • : 9781847924261
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : The Bodley Head Ltd
  • : May 2018
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2018
  • : books

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  • : Trevor Cox
  • : Paperback
  • : 320