I’m new here so please pardon if doesn’t follow established culture. My name is Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún and I run YorubaName.com, a site that has been on for over a year now.
Yesterday, we launched a fundraising effort to create a computer voice for Yorùbá via speech synthesis. It’s also called text-to-speech because it converts written text into comprehensible human voice. I wrote about my motivation here. The fundraising effort itself is on Indiegogo here.
But more than the money we’re raising, I’m also interested in talking with developers interested in this question of synthetic voice and artificial intelligence in African languages. Why are there no products in this field? How can we solve the problem of their absence? Are you interested in joining our team in any way, either as volunteer, investor, an intern, or team member?
Let’s talk. Cheers.