In a new documentary Roadrunner, There are a few lines of dialogue about Anthony Bourdain’s life and tragic death in Bourdain’s voice that he may have never said out loud.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville used artificial intelligence technology to recreate Anthony Bourdain’s voice digitally and software to synthesize the sound of three quotes from late chef and television host Neville. said New Yorker.
A profound sound was found when New YorkerHelen Rosner asked how the filmmaker got a clip of Bourdain’s voice by reading an email she had sent to a friend. Neville said he contacted the artificial intelligence company and provided it with a dozen hours of Bourdain’s speech.
“… and my life is kind of shit now. You’ve succeeded, and I’ve succeeded, and I’m wondering, ‘Are you happy?'” Bourdain wrote in an email, and the artificial intelligence algorithm later spoke its approximate voice.
You can hear the line from the link below the documentary, right around 1:30 p.m. The Bourdain voice produced by the algorithm is particularly audible when it says, “and I have succeeded.”
Neville told Rosner that he had three lines of dialogue that he wanted Bourdain’s voice to speak to, but he couldn’t find a previous voice that would ignite together or make it work otherwise.
There is no shortage of companies that can achieve such artificial intelligence sound, and there is a growing industry of companies that can specifically produce sounds for video game characters or let you clone your own voice.
But whether it’s ethical to clone a dead person’s voice and get them to say things they didn’t get on tape while they were alive is another question, and one Neville doesn’t seem to be too worried about.
“We may have a documentary ethics panel on that later,” he said New Yorker.