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    The Voice Actor and Their Double: Working as a voice actor and teaching voice acting in the age of AI voice cloning

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    The rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and voice cloning technology presents significant challenges and opportunities in the field of voice acting and performing arts. This article explores the profound transformations taking place in the voiceover industry due to the convergence of AI, voice synthesis, and personal voice cloning technologies. The author, a seasoned voice actor, reflects on the impact of these advancements on his profession, from the democratization of voiceover tools to the emergence of AI-generated voices that closely mimic human speech. The article delves into the intricate interplay between technology and human creativity, investigating the implications for voice artists in an era where AI-generated voices are becoming indistinguishable from human performances. The study further examines the expanding market for voice cloning, as well as its potential to transform industries beyond voice acting, such as healthcare and entertainment. The ethical dimensions of voice cloning, including issues related to intellectual property and artistic identity, are explored, with a focus on how artists can assert their uniqueness and maintain control over their vocal identity in a landscape where AI-generated voices proliferate. As the author engages with the complexities of AI\u27s impact on voice acting and teaching the craft in higher education, he underscores the enduring power of human connection and emotional resonance in storytelling. The article concludes by highlighting the role of arts education in cultivating and celebrating the idiosyncrasies of human expression, and how educators must guide voiceover students to embrace their individuality in a world increasingly influenced by AI. Ultimately, the study calls for a renewed dedication to the distinctive qualities of the human voice, emphasizing that despite AI\u27s advancements, the essence of human communication remains irreplaceable. (written by Chat GPT, trained on the article

    Post COVID-19 Recovery in Mountain West Metros

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    This fact sheet examines data on the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession on Mountain West metros. The original report includes data on economic activity, labor market, and real estate trends

    Southern Nevada Regional Industrial Study

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    Recognizing the ongoing need to diversify the Southern Nevada economy, in 2023 GOED commissioned Brookings Mountain West, the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research, and the UNLV Transportation Research Center to evaluate how Southern Nevada can leverage its geography and connectivity to neighboring states and metros at the megapolitan level to pursue industrial opportunities in the face of shifting global supply chains, diminishing developable land, the need for efficient management of the regional water supply, and the availability of unprecedented federal resources to support clean energy development, manufacturing, electrification of transportation systems, and supply-chain resiliency. The study builds on previous economic development reports, analyzes a wide range of economic data from Las Vegas and adjacent metros, and incorporates insights gleaned from background interviews with representatives from state and local governments, utilities, transportation agencies, and economic development organizations to identify industrial opportunities the region should pursue, infrastructure investments that are needed to support these opportunities, and policy and governance interventions to facilitate and fund regional industrial-based economic diversification

    Kinematic characteristics of novices’ sprint techniques at maximum velocity phase

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    Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology Volume 5: Issue 1, Article 2, 2024. Sprint performance is a crucial aspect of achieving high performance across a range of sports. However, previous studies analyzing the sprint technique of novices have yielded disparate findings regarding effective sprint techniques. For instance, Saito and Ito (1995) found no significant difference in the maximum thigh angle of the free leg between boys aged 7 to 12 and sprinters. Conversely, Katoh et al. (2001) reported that elementary school sprinters indicated a larger maximum thigh angle of the free leg than novice elementary children. Inconsistency like this makes it challenging for teachers to plan coaching strategies for refinement sprint techniques. This study aimed to clarify the kinematic characteristics of novices ranging from elementary school children to adults by reviewing previous articles. To comprehensively explore a broad range of English and Japanese articles analyzing sprint techniques of novices and athletes during the maximal velocity phase in sprint events, three search engines, namely CiNii Research, PubMed, and SPORTDiscus, were utilized. Mean values, correlation coefficients, and the results of group comparisons in these articles were compared. As the main results, novices exhibited a much smaller thigh angle of the free leg at touchdown compared to athletes. Novices indicated a larger minimum knee angle of the free leg than athletes, and this angle tended to decrease as sprint velocity increased from 5 m/s to 10 m/s. Novices exhibited a smaller maximum thigh angle of the free leg than athletes, and this angle tended to increase as sprint velocity increased from 5 m/s to 9 m/s

    Migration Patterns of Young Adults in Nevada

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    This fact sheet examines data on young adult migration patterns for two commuting zones in Nevada: Las Vegas, AZ & NV and Reno, NV. The original report published by Opportunity Insights features data from the United States Census Bureau and examines young adult migration patterns for commuting zones across the United States

    Educational Attainment in the Mountain West, 2021

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    This fact sheet examines data on educational attainment rates for five states in the Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado,Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The original report from the Lumina Foundation explores education attainment data for those aged 25 to 64 years in all U.S. states

    Establishing the Validity and Reliability of the Astroskin® Biometric Shirt

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    Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology Volume 5: Issue 1, Article 4, 2024. Biometric garments such as the Astroskin® biometric shirt (Carre Technologies, Montreal, PQ) may be useful for non-invasively monitoring human physiology in a number of applied settings. The Astroskin® biometric shirt measures and records continuous heart rate (HR), blood oxygenation (SPO2), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and respiratory rate (RR). The aim of this study was to establish the reliability and validity of the Astroskin® biometric shirt. This was achieved through comparing the Astroskin® with a commercially available hospital-grade cardiac monitor, the corpuls3® (Stemple GmbH, Kaufering, Germany) for the following variables: HR, SBP and SPO2. A convenience sample of 24 participants were recruited to participate in two separate data collection sessions. Five did not participate in the second data collection session. Participants were monitored using the Astroskin® while instrumented with the corpuls3® monitor. For both sessions, data were recorded at approximately 1.5-minute intervals over a 22-minute period while the participant was seated comfortably in a chair. Validity of the Astroskin® was assessed by examining mean average percentage error (MAPE) and Lin’s Concordance Correlation Coefficient against pre-established criteria, while Bland-Altman plots showed agreement between the two tools. Reliability between the two sessions was compared using intra-class correlations. The Astroskin® was shown to be extremely valid for HR and performed well for BP and the two systems showed comparable reliability over time. With SPO2 the MAPE and bias were good, but concordance was low, and the Astroskin® was not as reliable as the corpuls3®. Results indicated that the Astroskin® biometric shirt was a valid instrument compared to the corpuls3® monitor utilising participants in a sedentary setting. More research is recommended for the Astroskin® in a variety of applied settings to confirm its validity

    Nevada High School Students: Graduates from UNLV and UNR, 2010-2022

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    This fact sheet reports data for individuals who earned both a high school diploma from a Nevada high school and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) or the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) between 2010 and 2022, as well as the race/ethnicity and gender of these graduates

    Isn’t There a Better Way to Nominate Presidential Candidates?

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    This lecture examines why every four years the major political parties undertake a drawn-out, confusing series of primaries, caucuses, and conventions to determine their presidential nominees. Over the years, a number of rational and more orderly ways to select presidential nominees have been proposed but none of these ideas have been adopted. Brookings Institution scholar Elaine Kamarck, who has written extensively on the topic and served as a presidential and presidential campaign advisor, addresses these topics and more

    Using ChatGPT with Novice Arduino Programmers: Effects on Performance, Interest, Self-Efficacy, and Programming Ability

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    A posttest-only control group experimental design compared novice Arduino programmers who developed their own programs (self-programming group, n =17) with novice Arduino programmers who used ChatGPT 3.5 to write their programs (ChatGPT-programming group, n = 16) on the dependent variables of programming scores, interest in Arduino programming, Arduino programming self-efficacy, Arduino programming posttest scores, and types of programming errors. Students were undergraduates in an introductory agricultural systems technology course in Fall 2023. The results indicated no significant (p \u3c .10) differences between groups for programming rubric scores (p = .50) or interest in Arduino programming (p = .50). There were significant differences for Arduino programming self-efficacy, (p = .03, Cohen’s d = 0.75) and Arduino posttest scores, (p = .03, Cohen’s d = 0.76); students in the self-programming group scored significantly higher on both measures. Analysis of students’ errors indicated the ChatGPT group made significantly (p \u3c .01) more program punctuation errors. These results indicated novice students writing their own programs developed greater Arduino programming self-efficacy and programming ability than novice students using ChatGPT. Nevertheless, ChatGPT may still play an important role in assisting novices to write microcontroller programs

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