An example of one of Uberduck.ai’s celebrity voices that went viral on TikTok and Twitter.
TikTok was in hot water last week for allegedly stealing a woman’s voice and converting it to the app’s default text for the voice bot voice. After the voice was quickly changed to be something super realistic and arguably something creepier, people looked online for other services that could convert their text to speech. The internet came across something that was far more than they asked for. Enter: Uberduck.ai.
What started as a project that was only meant for fun in late 2020 is now a full-fledged viral sound and tool for creating funny videos and memes. With Uberduck, anyone who logs on with their discord can convert any text into speech and choose from a library of celebrity voices.
Here is a list of the most notable celebrity voices that can get you to say anything you want:
- Mickey mouse
- Patrick Stewart
- Kanye West
- Nicki Minaj
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Peter Griffin
- Wii Sports announcer
- Jimmy Neutron
- Weird Al
- Scooby Doo!
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Charlie Brown
- Kermit the frog
- Buzz Lightyear
What sets Uberduck apart from other AI texts and voice bots is that it was developed for and by the AI community. After joining the official Discord server, anyone who wants to create and upload their own celebrity voice can find instructions and other helpful people ready to make their dream of Guy Fieri knocking on Tyler the Creators “Earfquake” a reality to be let.
Some people, like Jacksepticeye, whose voices are used, discovered the site and so far have mostly responded positively.
The combination of TikTok converting their in-app text to voice voice and the discovery of this website created a trend where people pretended their TikTok voice got stuck as a celebrity. Especially since a lot of people don’t like the new voice that TikTok uses by default.
Fortunately, this bot is not perfect at all as text will malfunction where the output will sound like a mixed dictionary.
It’s a little scary to see how close the internet is to making videos and audios so well faked that we can’t tell the difference between reality and memory. That length of time in terms of deep counterfeiting and AI capabilities could be traced back to the cell phones of the early 2000s. It’s a space that you can definitely watch.