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About Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) with the singular focus of conducting high-impact research and engineering in the field of artificial intelligence for the common good. AI2 is the creation of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, and is led by Dr. Oren Etzioni, a world-renowned researcher and professor in the field of AI and computer science. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 44,000 scholarly articles, including over 29,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

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This bot plays hot tunes: Super Hi-Fi and WellSaid Labs use AI to create a lifelike DJ

Oct 20, 2021

What’ll be the playlist for the robot takeover? (Bigstock Illustration / © mast3r) As he turns from a Foo Fighters tune to the Smashing Pumpkins, Andy sounds just like your typical alternative-rock DJ — but his tag line is positively inhuman. “Ever feel like your day just needs a shot of pick-me-up? Well, that’s what we’re here for — to help turn that frown upside down and crank the dial to 11,” he says. “Yes, I may be a robot, but I still love to rock.” The robot reference isn’t just a nod to his canned DJ cliches: In a sense, Andy really is a robot — as in ANDY, or Artificial Neural Disk JockeY . And thanks to Seattle-based WellSaid Labs and Super Hi-Fi , an AI-centric production company in Los Angeles, ANDY could soon be coming to a streaming music service near you. “Super Hi-Fi’s AI has the same skills as a seasoned on-air DJ,” Zack Zalon, Super Hi-Fi’s co-founder and CEO, told GeekWire in an email. “The AI can select the right content for any moment, stitch the content in seamlessly with other content or music, and output that as a fully produced listening experience.” WellSaid Labs’ voice synthesis software is what makes Andy’s voice so hard to distinguish from that of a flesh-and-blood DJ. “Our best-in-class text-to-speech tech, delivered with Super Hi-Fi’s sophisticated automated production, creates new possibilities in streaming audio, radio, digital fitness, audio news, retail marketing and beyond,” WellSaid CEO Matt Hocking said today in a news release. WellSaid Labs was spun out from Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in 2019, with a mission to commercialize artificial intelligence software that lets anyone create customized, ultra-realistic voice avatars. So it was only a matter of time before the venture came onto the radar screen for Super Hi-Fi. “Companies like Sonos, Peloton, iHeart and others use Super Hi-Fi to enable automated production,” Zalon said. “In fact, we are already doing over 1 billion commercial AI ‘decisions’ every single month.” Super Hi-Fi’s software can weave together songs, interviews, DJ voice tracks, sound effects, weather reports and news breaks to create unified listening experiences for its customers. “The fantastic thing about WellSaid is the realism of their voices, so we can now produce spoken content faster than real time for use across any of these produced experiences,” Zalon said. Zalon said the partnership with WellSaid is so new that “we haven’t announced a joint customer yet that’s using both of our respective services together.” “But we have a significant amount of interest already, and would expect that we’ll have a lot more to share as the next few months unfold,” he added. Although ANDY is the name for the avatar that WellSaid created in collaboration with Super Hi-Fi, not every Andy needs to sound alike. “As with any WellSaid avatar, they can be tailored to reflect regional accents and any language,” Martin Ramirez, WellSaid’s head of growth, told GeekWire in an email. “The personality, tone and texture of the voice is designed for the particular content it is intended for. In the case of radio, for example, you can think of the stylistic nuances between a classical music station vs. a heavy-metal one.” WellSaid’s Hocking said “any customer could have an entire team of AI DJs for their unique content experience.” Zalon stressed that ANDY’s purpose is to serve humans rather than replace them. “We like to think of this as an opportunity to expand possibilities, not just an opportunity to save money,” he said. “Yes, there’s certainly an efficiency advantage when you’re talking about massive voice needs and huge production requirements. But the goal is more around providing music services with capabilities that they’ve never had before.” The technology could lead to new types of audio services. “Imagine a music service with millions of listeners, each with their own name and interest,” Zalon said. “There’s no practical way for a human to create enough voice content to satisfy even a small fraction of that audience in any efficient way. But now the options are endless. We can use an AI to create incredibly realistic and believable voices, to help turn today’s music playlists into true ‘storytelling devices’ that bring an entirely new level of depth of emotion to what are currently very static experiences.” “We’d love to explore this,” Hocking said, “of course only with the explicit consent and involvement of the person or their trusted estate, ensuring that they have transparency into not only the process of creating the AI voice avatar, but also how the AI is intended to be used and who is using it.” Ramirez agreed. “We will never create a WellSaid voice without their explicit and informed consent — that goes against our pledge of ‘AI for Good,'” he said in an email. “Based on our guiding principles and values, we work extremely hard to make sure our work benefits all, and does no harm.” That being said, Ryan Seacrest might appreciate having an AI stand-in on hand. “A virtual version of a trademark radio personality could free up the talent to spend more time on their creative pursuits while still monetizing commercial opportunities like transitional ad-reads,” Ramirez noted. Is this the dawn of a new age in audio, or a cautionary signal for living, breathing voice talent? As Andy might say in a synthesized signoff … stay tuned. GeekWire contributing editor Alan Boyle is an award-winning science writer and veteran space reporter. Formerly of NBCNews.com, he is the author of " The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference. " Follow him via CosmicLog.com , on Twitter @b0yle , and on  Facebook and MeWe . Reach him via email at alan@geekwire.com .

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Investments

5 Investments

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has made 5 investments. Their latest investment was in Ozette as part of their Seed VC on February 2, 2021.

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2/16/2021

Seed VC

Ozette

$6M

Yes

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9/23/2020

Seed VC

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$99M

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1/18/2018

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2/2/2017

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1/11/2016

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2/16/2021

9/23/2020

1/18/2018

2/2/2017

1/11/2016

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Ozette

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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Xnor.ai on January 15, 2020.

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1/15/2020

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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Acquisitions

10 Acquisitions

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence acquired 10 companies. Their latest acquisition was Ozette on January 01, 2020.

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Investment Stage

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1/1/2020

Spinoff / Spinout

$6M

Spinoff / Spinout

1

3/7/2019

Seed VC

$12M

Spinoff / Spinout

1

1/1/2018

Incubator/Accelerator

$15.2M

Spinoff / Spinout

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1/1/2016

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1/1/2020

3/7/2019

1/1/2018

1/1/2016

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$6M

$12M

$15.2M

$99M

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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has 2 funds, including AI2 Investment Partners-A.

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Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

1/29/2020

AI2 Investment Partners-A

$1.95M

1

1/29/2020

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$99M

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Closing Date

1/29/2020

1/29/2020

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AI2 Investment Partners

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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Partners & Customers

4 Partners and customers

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has 4 strategic partners and customers. Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence recently partnered with Core Scientific on January 1, 2021.

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Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

1/28/2021

Vendor

Core Scientific

United States

The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) Selects Core Scientific to Provide AI-Powered GPU-as-a-Service

BELLEVUE , Wash. , Jan. 28 , 2021 / PRNewswire / -- Core Scientific , a leading infrastructure and software solutions provider for artificial intelligence and blockchain led by CEO Kevin Turner , the former COO of Microsoft , announced it has partnered with the Allen Institute for AI , a leading non-profit research organization .

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1/28/2021

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Business Partner

Core Scientific

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United States

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The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) Selects Core Scientific to Provide AI-Powered GPU-as-a-Service

BELLEVUE , Wash. , Jan. 28 , 2021 / PRNewswire / -- Core Scientific , a leading infrastructure and software solutions provider for artificial intelligence and blockchain led by CEO Kevin Turner , the former COO of Microsoft , announced it has partnered with the Allen Institute for AI , a leading non-profit research organization .

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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Team

8 Team Members

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has 8 team members, including former Chief Executive Officer, Benn Bollay.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Benn Bollay

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Alexander Tokman

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Scott Parrish

Chief Financial Officer

Former

James Baird

Chief Technology Officer

Former

Emad Elwany

Chief Technology Officer

Former

Name

Benn Bollay

Alexander Tokman

Scott Parrish

James Baird

Emad Elwany

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Title

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Status

Former

Former

Former

Former

Former

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