Voices of technology

TUEsday march 22nd 20.00h

Technology not only allows us to alter and process sounds and voices, it can also generate speech and sounds from informative input. Simultaneously, speech recognition software is more prevalent than ever; we use our voice to ask questions to our devices, to communicate with applications and to control our homes. How do these changes shape our culture and our society? Who uses speech technology and with what purpose? And if technology improves existing society through speech technology, what do we lose and who gets left behind? How can it become more inclusive and what are the limits and prejudices of artificial intelligence?

Join a sound experiment by singing, whispering, humming, laughing, crying or yelling. Artist and Young Master Christy Westhovens and scientist Frank Hopwood will have a conversation with each other and the audience. Why do Siri or Alexa not use these types of sounds, even though they are made with voices? And why does the Voice Technology industry not use these sounds more in general? Let’s discuss it on March 22nd.



Frank J. Hopwood

Frank J. Hopwood

PhD candidate Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/Campus Fryslân

Frank Hopwood obtained his MA in linguistic sciences at the University of Groningen in 2020. Afterwards he was part of a team that developed a synthetic voice for a healthcare robot. In 2021 he obtained another MA in computer linguistics at the UGent and KU Leuven. Since February of 2022 he is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân. Here he works on voice synthesis for under-resourced languages.