{Disarmed} This startup manages to reduce or change the accent for another in real time during calls

This startup manages to reduce or change the accent for another in real time during calls

Speaking with a regional accent can financially penalize up to 20% in salary . There are no better accents than others, but in the Anglo-Saxon world not having an American or British accent when speaking English can be a reason for discrimination on certain occasions such as when getting a job offer or when making business calls.

To try to correct this issue is Sanas , a North American startup that has recently secured a funding round worth 5.5 million dollars to continue the development of its artificial intelligence platform, the first to apply algorithms in real time and "neutralize "the accent .

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Transforming accents in real time

Sanas is a "real-time translation technology that allows whoever speaks to do so with the accent they want without any noticeable delay," they explain from the company itself.

Sanas.AI is capable of algorithmically recognizing accents such as Spanish and applying a modification so that the other end of the call sounds with another specific accent, mainly standard American.

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It is software installed locally on the device , which means that it does not have to connect to the platform's servers in order to function.

As described, it is integrated into the sound system of the operating system, so they believe they are capable of being compatible with any audio or video tool. However , at the moment the system has been piloted with thousands of people in the United States, the Philippines and India. Due to success in various call centers, the company has secured the round of funding to continue the work.

By the end of the year they hope to be able to reduce and "translate" accents such as American, Spanish, British, Indian, Filipino and Australian .

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According to the company's data, with its system they increase the clarity of conversations and have improved fluency by 40% , even reducing errors with Google TTS by 20.5%.

The latency time for the application of this audio modification is around 200 milliseconds , a relevant latency compared to standard calls but without being an insurmountable barrier.

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As described by TechCrunch , the result can be improved in terms of although the original accent is lost, the result is somewhat more mechanical and the cadence and personality of the voice is blurred .

Sanas has been created by a team of Stanford engineering students and various experts in speech machine learning. "We want to make communication easy and friction-free, so that people can speak confidently and understand each other, wherever they are and with whom they are trying to communicate," explains Maxim Serebryakov, founder of this tool.

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