Amazon Polly Introduces Neural Text-To-Speech and Newscaster Style

From Robbie the Robot to Jarvis, science fiction writers have long understood how important it was for an artificial being to sound as lifelike as possible. Speech is central to human interaction, and beyond words, it helps us express feelings and emotions: who can forget HAL 9000’s haunting final scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
In the real world, things are more complicated of course. Decades before the term ‘artificial intelligence’ had even been coined, scientists were designing systems that tried to mimic the human voice. In 1937, almost 20 years before the seminal Dartmouth workshop, Homer Dudley invented the Voder, the first attempt to synthesize human speech with electronic components: this video has sound samples and extra information on this incredible device.
We’ve come a long way since then! At AWS re:Invent 2016, we announced Polly, a managed service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing customers to create


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Amazon Polly Plugin for WordPress Update – Translate and Vocalize Your Content

Earlier this year I showed you how to Give Your WordPress Blog a Voice with Amazon Polly and walked you through the steps involved in installing, configuring, and using the Amazon Polly for WordPress plugin. Today we are making this plugin even more powerful, adding the ability to translate your content into one or more languages and to produce audio versions of each translation. The translation is implemented using Amazon Translate, a neural machine translation service that is part of our portfolio of machine learning services.
The original version of the plugin works like this:

And the new version works like this:

This version of the plugin supports translation of English-language web content into Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese, with plans to support other languages in the future.
Updating and Configuring the Plugin My earlier post covered the steps involved in launching an Amazon Lightsail instance and setting


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Give Your WordPress Blog a Voice With Our New Amazon Polly Plugin

I first told you about Polly in late 2016 in my post Amazon Polly – Text to Speech in 47 Voices and 24 Languages. After that AWS re:Invent launch, we added support for Korean, five new voices, and made Polly available in all Regions in the aws partition. We also added whispering, speech marks, a timbre effect, and dynamic range compression.
New WordPress Plugin Today we are launching a WordPress plugin that uses Polly to create high-quality audio versions of your blog posts. You can access the audio from within the post or in podcast form using a feature that we call Amazon Pollycast! Both options make your content more accessible and can help you to reach a wider audience. This plugin was a joint effort between the AWS team our friends at AWS Advanced Technology Partner WP Engine.
As you will see, the plugin is easy to install and


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