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Voice cloning on the rise: Understanding what it is, how it works and what it can be used for

Voice cloning through artificial intelligence is quickly becoming more advanced, more accessible and more widely used. While using artificial intelligence to clone voices can be beneficial in making certain work more efficient and assisting those who have lost their ability to speak, there are also many problems that have, so far, been hard to solve.

Anyone who has a phone, computer or similar technological device has access to voice cloning through a long list of available software. Even though some are more advanced and efficient than others, voice cloning as a whole is an extremely easy thing to do. 

Below are some popular questions answered about voice cloning and how it is used. 

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Voice cloning is possible through artificial intelligence.  (JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)


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All that is needed for voice cloning is a short clip of someone talking.  (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

VoiceCopy is far from the only voice cloning software out there. There are lots of others like Voice.ai, Speechify, Resemble AI, Play.ht, ElevenLabs, Murf AI and many others. 

There is also a new AI voice cloning software called Bixby by Samsung. This AI software allows people to clone their voice when answering phone calls. This will allow users to type a message to be spoken through voice cloning to the person on the other side of the line. 

Samsung isn’t the only one jumping on voice cloning for your phone. Apple has an AI voice assistant with the same idea called Personal Voice that is set to release with the company’s IOS 17 update. 

One of the huge downfalls to voice cloning is that it is causing scams to rise since it is so difficult to distinguish what’s real and what’s not. Criminals have used voice cloning to scam people into giving money, in cases where the person on the receiving end of the call thinks they are talking to a close friend or relative in trouble. 


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With voice cloning advancing, scams are on the rise.  (iStock)

The Federal Trade Commission has released some tips to follow if you feel like you might be the victim of a scam call. One thing to do is to call the alleged loved one in trouble with a number you know is their own. If they fail to answer, start to get in touch with them through family members or friends who may know their whereabouts. 

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