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AI音声合成アプリ Voicepeak の紹介

VOICEPEAK! 使ってみてください!4月30日まで早期割引!

文字読み上げソフト

最近、jFuneral.com でAH Software社のVoicepeakを利用したポッドキャストをアップしています。
何故音声合成かといえば、便利なんです。

Podcast YEYSHONAN 20220424 Voicepeak の紹介

私の音声合成ポッドキャストを聞いている妻が、これは便利!
自分でもできそうだということで、妻も昨日からトライアルではじめてみました。
もちろん、フルライセンスを15,800円でゲットしました。

AHSの購入ページに飛びます(決済はCleverageです)。

無料体験版があります!
ぜひお試しください

https://www.ah-soft.com/trial/voice.html


jFuneralのポッドキャストはSoundCloudにアップしてあります

Season 3 Episode 10〜16 までは音声合成によりお届しております。

AIに著作権はあるのか?

これはこれから色々な物議を醸す内容となります。
私はAIを開発している九段北にあるクリスタルメソッド社の営業顧問をやっています。
そこで何をしているかというと、AIを終活に用いる販売です。

AIは人間の知識を蓄積し、過去に応じた判断をしたり、これから起こりうる状況の対応をしたりすることが可能です。
更に応用として、AI GAN(人工知能 敵対的生成ネットワーク)にて存在しないものを作り上げていくことも可能です。

平たく言えば、贋作を作るということです。

国立新美術館

画家の筆のタッチまでコピーしていく。
贋作ならまだしも、画家が作ったような絵をこしらえていくことすら今は出来ます。

そこで、AIに著作権はあるのか?という判決が米国で行われました。


私が営業しているのは、人物が亡くなる前に情報をインプットしていく。
自分の知識、思想や声も残しておく。
その知識がAIが判断し自分のクローンを残す。
つまり、キャプテン・ハーロックのアルカディア号のメインコンピュータ(トチローのマインド)である。

さて、そこはそこで次はどうなのか。

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2年ぶりにリアルで開催されたテクニカルショウヨコハマで発見したもの

写真を取り忘れてしまった!

去年はオンラインで開催、そして今年はリアルとオンライン。
そういえば、去年は運営が悪くてイラってしたことがあったなと。
それはともかくとして、今年は開催されたのでめでたしめでたし。
しかし、会場から出るにも、またQRコードがついた登録表をスキャンしないといけない。
トイレに行きたくて走っているのに。
これが運営のお願いとのことだった。
いや、それは問題あるだろうと。
何をそんなに監視したいんだ?って。

そんな中、知っている会社さんもあったり、妻の会社を知っている会社さんもいた。
そして、旧知の友が今は相談役をしている会社とちょっとお話ををしました。

色に着いての話題です。

Podcast テクニカルショウヨコハマ 2022

非接触の空間タッチシステムを作られていた。
実はポッドキャストでは初夏くらいかと言ったのですが、記録を見たら11月中旬でした。
まだ数ヶ月前の話・・・それが半年前のように思えてしまった。

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Podcast in English 20210825 NFT in Funeral Biz

Podcast No. 37 in English

Today is August 25th, 2021.

The previous podcast No. 36 was about DNA preservation.
DNA preservation is much securer than cryogenic technology.
BTW, in the USA, if you were to be cryogenically “stored”, there’s no death certificate.
It means “YOU ARE NOT DEAD BUT PRESERVED”, but in real life, no one has yet come back and the companies which service it don’t guarantee the “preserved” to come back to life again.


This week’s episode is about NFT in the funeral business.
What is NFT?

This is the definition from Wikipedia which is very well written and I wish to share.

A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster
Thumbnail spelling… I’ll fix later

NFT used in the funeral market in Japan, what is it and how?

Let me give you a very simple example of how to use a NFT managed microphone for a rock group lead singer, let’s say, one of Mick Jagger’s.
Let’s say that I’m using the same one.

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Podcast in English 20210818 DNA Preservation

Podcast No. 36 in English

Today is August 18th, 2021.

The previous podcast No. 35 was about a company called “Keepers” and its president Mr. Taichi Yoshida who established the “Relic Collection — or Relic Disposal” business in Japan.

Today, I wish to talk about DNA preservation.

I was listening to a podcast on my way to town today. 
The podcast is called “Elevating Funeral Service” 

and the Episode #30, “Should Your Funeral Home Offer DNA Preservation?”

Come to think of it, there is not even a single funeral service in Japan that offers DNA preservation.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster
  • Why should you offer such?
  • How to preserve?
  • DNA degrades in time so data is important.
    • BTW, the DNA degradation mechanism has not yet been understood.

It talks about the value proposition and what they are, even before death.

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Podcast in English 20210812 Relic Collection Business

Podcast No. 35 in English

Today is August 12th, 2021.

This is your host,  Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster discussing the death industry business of Japan in English.

I’m also the researcher of the Reform of Death and the journey to the end of life.

I must apologize for the people waiting for the weekly podcast last week.
I had to skip it.
AND I’m also one day late for this one as well.
I almost missed this one.

No. 34 was about a special embossing paper that pops up after passing through the heater.

Today, I wish to talk about a man, 20 years ago who created the industry of “Relic Collection Business” in Japan.

His name is Mr. Taichi Yoshida, the president of the company called “Keepers”.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster

I remember when I was still in the mortuary business trying to find a better way for the surviving family. There are always problems of what to do with relics of the deceased. 
Being an undertaker, that wasn’t my job but there was a potential market from the very beginning and people did not know how and what to do with them.

Many threw it away as “non-combustible waste” and had it go to the dump.

We took care of old Buddhist home altars when needed and took it apart in our warehouse and had it thrown out.

But many times, beside these religious materials, there are monetary value.

Mr. Yoshida posted and sent business postcards (flyers) to all funeral homes asking them to find a client in need of house cleaning.

Yes, the crux is “house cleaning”.

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Podcast in English 20210728 Emboss print

Podcast No. 34 in English

Today is July 28th, 2021.

This is your host,  Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster discussing the death industry business of Japan in English.
I’m also the researcher of the Reform of Death and the journey to the end of life.

No. 33 was about a startup company in Israel called Memotree.
It’s a technology that implants DNA into a tree (plants) and encrypts and uses it as a natural memory.
These trees replace tombstones and set the carbon offset.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster

I had a zoom meeting with the founder.

Also, I had a meeting with another startup company in Japan that uses iris of your eyes and creates an artwork out through image manipulation and encryption that becomes the key to the virtual cemetery. 
The system is called “viz Prizma”.

All of these are new technologies that defies the current funeral tradition.
Traditions are there to bring order and rules at the time of turmoil.
People need to rethink what a funeral is really all about.

I have a page on this website explaining Japanese Funerals.
You might want to take a look at it.

I will need to discuss this as a different episode as one of the deep dives.


Today’s talk is about a special paper that expands (pops up) like braille characters when heated through a special roller.

Paper is printed using a regular inkjet printer.
Then, the computer sends emboss data to a separate printer and this heater.
This means you print twice (2 data).
One without the emboss, it can be colored, and the other, plain emboss data.
When the paper is passing through the “fixer” that heats the paper, the emboss image expands.

Minolta, in the 1990’s had a copier that was sold to the visually impared market for braille printing.
But this was not so accurate since the copiers were huge and bulky, and paper tended to skew while in the copier.  But these were also used for making Christmas cards.

I’ll be working with that technology as well.

Need to make a marketing value.

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