Which Steve Jobs is the real one? (credit: Ars Technica)
A voice synthesis company based in Dubai published a
fictional podcast interview
between Joe Rogan and Steve Jobs using realistic voices digitally cloned from both men. It takes place during the "first episode" of a purported podcast series called "Podcast.ai," created by Play.ht, which sells voice synthesis services.
In the interview, you first hear a replication of Rogan's voice created by voice cloning technology similar to that which we've
on Ars. Deep learning technology has allowed AI models to replicate distinctive voices with a high degree of accuracy, such as in the case of Darth Vader in Disney's
To achieve the effect, someone must first train the AI model on existing samples of the voice that will be cloned. Rogan is a prime target for AI voice training by deep learning models because ample quantities of his isolated voice exist on his podcasts. In fact, The Verge
a PR stunt by an AI company called Dessa synthesizing Rogan in 2019.