Josh Gordonson and I downloaded nearly all of the TED talks. I’d heard about “pitch-preserving time compression algorithms”, and wanted to play around with them. So we processed all the TED talks, and now they play at DOUBLE SPEED, but still retain normal pitch!
It’s like getting to click a button and make any speaker speak twice as quickly, while still sounding normal. Awesome!
We both thought this was pretty fantastic! There are a lot of TED talks out there, and now it’s possible to watch them in half the time. What’s more, is that once you watch some doublespeed TED talks, it’s really hard to go back to watching them at normal speed. Your brain craves the information! So this is pretty awesome, right?
UNFORTUNATELY, we just learned that we can never release them.
TED thinks that it’s awesome to release their talks under a Creative Commons license, but they regretfully chose a “non-derivative works” option, meaning you can’t actually do anything creative with the talks. So we chose to ask for permission, and were denied.
I think this is incredibly stupid, and I’m really disappointed that we don’t get to share the project. I told a couple people about what we were doing, and, if you were one of them, I’m sorry that I can’t show you what we did. (We still have the data privately, which is fair use)