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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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Skype works by changing the speed of the discussion
(without distorting the voice) when there are
communication problems, filling in the gap until the next
packets come in.
But (a) they could do this with video too, and (b) the
essence of my idea is, in addition to the stretching of the
and video, to gve a degraded alternative, something
like an edged detection outline only, of the images for the
video, and a porosodian version of the discussion, I'll
explain immediately what that is, when things get real
Years ago at IBM Haifa Research we were able to
reconstruct Ariel Sharon's voice from a short sample of his
voice, pulling out "the tonal way he talked" along with "the
sound of his voice", and to artificially construct his voice
saying funny things that he would never say in real life.
Everybody used to laugh when they heard him say: "We
don't need the territories, we only want peace!"
The information will be passed at the beginning of the
conversation, and the phonetics will be passed in short
packets BEFORE the rest of the information, as a backup.
Voice to MIDI
[pashute, Feb 15 2014]
||I used to wonder, while
doodling along with sports page photographs of athletes, if
predictive algorithms like these could come from the
lines that it takes to predict 3d motion from 2d
photographs, you know and then create a 3d space in which
words or topics are located and then predict out with the
same formulas. Doodling along with pictures of soccer
players for instance is one of those border line
machine/human things that i would figure a machine
could learn how to do from watching a human, and the
algorithms could be statistically essenced out of that. By
"doodling along" I mean using a line to balance between
following the lines of the body, predicted motion and
making mistakes. The
hard part would be fitting conversations into that same
kind of space but I think if you worked archetypically at a
number of different levels you could do it. It would
probably take a long time to perfect.
||Had an idea for Aerial Sharon Drones. Obviously the
invention would be clear, as in transparent airborne
defence balloons, that intercept oncoming missiles while
simultaniously accumulate cloud cover using solar energy
and humidification apparatus. It holds a large sandwich
and fans exhaust fumes with seperate propellors.
||[cheese crust] its not predictive, only allows for
more time stalling and deceiving the listener
during the bad parts of the connection. It works
the same as Skype works, but with a the
possibility for even more time without breaking
the discussion, or for completing a conversation
under worse conditions (such as an emergency).
||[bigsleep] Some clarifications, in order to save me
from the fishbone fate: I worked at IBM research
Haifa from 1993-1999, wrote part of the programs
that ran the Thinkpad, and now Lenovo that I'm
writing this on. The program for "prosode"
synthesis was written around 1994 or 5. Sharon at
the time was removed from politics since 1983 (!)
by court decree, never to be a minister of defense
(or commander of the military) again, for his part
in approving the Christian Lebanese Marones
attack and massacre in the Palestinian Muslim
"refugee camps" in Lebanon of Sabra and Shatila
(by then towns), and giving them (never
||Who would have thought that he would become
Prime Minister some day, voted in by the smallest
vote ever, and that the courts would allow it. And
then that, after provocatively walking on the
temple mount in Jerusalem, that he would
dismantle settlements forcefully, at the same time
becoming the hero of the Israeli media, and most
of the left.
||About the Mossad, that's not me, its my mother in
law, in the pictures from Dubai. I thought she
looked familiar, but only when you mentioned it, I
finally realized where I saw that face.
||And about the prosodies, lookup wikipedia
Prosody (linguistics) - its not my entry there.
||While googling for old colleagues who worked on
that, and made it, I came across an anno that I
wrote in 2011 on the idea Voice to MIDI where I
give some details.