Disney’s Research Lab Figures Out How To Put Words In Your Mouth


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Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops out of seemingly impossible shapes.

Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say.

Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those bad lip dub videos that are ever so popular. Lip reading well is tough because a lot of the shapes we make with our mouth when speaking are quite similar to each other, and so much of what we think we hear is a combination of visual/auditory clues smashing together in your brain. Take away the audio, and “bah” and “vah” and “gah” all look incredibly similar.

It’s what enables the McGurk illusion, as demonstrated here:

Taking that to an extreme, one of Disney’s…

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