VoiceShopping–How About Editing Your Voice with a Software?

March 24, 2018 in Cultivate, tools

Do you remember how Photoshop became part and parcel of our digital life?—the designers all over the world heaved a sigh of relief when they knew they have a software that could help them manipulate an image and create different versions.

Well, what if I tell you there is something that can Photoshop your voice—or if you would like to call it VoiceShop?

Yes, in 2016, Adobe demonstrated this product and it is still in the development phase, but the possibilities are so unique and somewhat concerning.

The software known as Adobe VoCo could manipulate your voice—it can edit the voice, rearrange order or words and even insert new words in the recording whether they are said or not. It is not a regular tool that could change the pitch or speed of the audio—it is truly a manipulator of the voice.

Obviously, there are concerns about such kind of tools because they could cause harm to the society—if the voice could be modulated and manipulated like that, it poses a lot of threat to data and security. This is the reason, this software is not popular and not many people around the world know about it.

When the software was demonstrated, there was a mention of using an audio watermark, which would identify the copyright of the audio just like people used it for visual content. This will also help in limiting the possibility of editing the audio and recognizing whether it has been done or not.

In the wake of multimedia content being used in digital properties, such software could prove quite handy; however, like any other tool, there are security issues too. In Photoshop, an image could be altered, though a lot of people could now identify the altered image; however, what happens if the voice message or the audio is altered. Such things still need to be tested, made secure and then given to the masses.

The Minimal Requirements of a Functional Tech Startup

January 4, 2018 in Cultivate, Startups

Depending upon the nature of the business, every business unit or a startup would have a different kind of requirements to run an office. But in most of the early-stage tech startups, few main activities are being focused on writing code or designing hardware, etc. So, keeping these two activities in sight, we are listing items and facilities that will be required on a minimal basis for such startups to be functional:

  1. Computers/Laptops: For a great hard-core coding experience, you need to have very sustainable computers or laptops as per the preference of the team, and also multiple monitors.
  2. High-speed Internet: It should not be a requirement even because it is like breathing. If you don’t have a high-speed wi-fi and wired internet facility, you are not running a tech startup. Start doing vegetables instead!
  3. Tables or Desks & Chairs: To make sure the team is provided with the most suitable, ergonomically suitable and comfortable desks and chairs for long-hour work, you need to set a special budget. There is no excuse for this!
  4. Whiteboards: Whiteboards are almost indispensable in a tech startup.
  5. Phones: Though initially personal smartphones of the team members will fill in the place, but as you grow, you will need to go for desk phones.
  6. Software: Depending upon the type of work your startup does, you will need related software tools to make sure every team member is technologically enabled.
  7. Food/Pantry: Never underestimate the power and attraction of a good pantry and snacks in a tech startup regarding attracting great talent and also making sure that you are a considerate employer. It is referred to as one of the highlights in the job descriptions posted on various job boards.

Apart from these fundamental requirements, there would be others too that may vary according to geography, culture, personal interest and passion, and also on the habits of the team members.

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