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A.I. Immortalising Your Favourite Characters

Researchers in Leeds have detailed a proof of concept for creating generative models of TV show characters by scanning, listening and watching to them in all the episodes in which they appear.

Their show of choice to demonstrate this concept was, of course, Friends. And who better than Joey to be the stool pigeon for virtual immortality?

One episode of Friends was manually labeled with speech and nonspeech for training the speech detector and all other training processes were fully automatic, with the language model trained from sentences containing 5-10 words across all 236 episodes of the show. This led to the creation of a “virtually immortalized” Joey, who could say new sentences in his familiar style.

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