Artificial intelligence may soon force courts and lawyers to reconsider how voice recordings are authenticated and used as evidence. Three decades after Photoshop made it easy to manipulate imagery, a company in Montreal developed an artificial intelligence platform that lets users manipulate a person’s voice. This new and developing technology may affect lawyers in a variety of practice areas, and in a variety of ways.
According to its website, Lyrebird “can mimic a person’s voice and have it read any text with a given emotion, based on the analysis of just a few dozen seconds of audio recording.” Lyrebird is not alone. Late last year Adobe unveiled Project VoCo, a prototype for a similar software platform that can edit human speech like Photoshop alters images.