This is going to be something that all of you will find “interesting,” but maybe not something that you will like. Last week on 3 Geeks, I posted a blog that talked about how to use AI to generate summaries of legal articles. This week, I wanted to expand on that project a little and see if I could turn the summaries into a podcast. The goal was to try to get it completely automated, and completely AI generated. Well… as you can see from the title of this episode, it was almost completely automated, and AI generated. But not 100%.
RSS Feed that tracks new BigLaw Podcast Episodes.
Use a Python script to pull the episode information.
Use GPT to create a description of the episode.
Use Descript to translate the text summaries into voice output. (I did lightly edit these with an intro and outro as well as tweak the transitions between each review.)
Use Soundraw to create an intro/outro music.
Combine in Audacity.
Output in mp3.
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Greg Lambert 0:07
Welcome to a special episode of The Geek in Review, the podcast focused on innovative and creative ideas in the legal industry. I’m Greg Lambert. So I have a just a special episode that I wanted to play for you today, which is a project I’ve been working on. And I think that a lot of you will be interested in this. And some of you may not like it. But I think it’s something that we wanted to test out and see what the audience thought.
It’s not something that we’re going to be doing with The Geek in Review. But I think it’s just something that with all of the talk about AI, chat, GPT and other tools that are out there, I thought I would expand upon an experiment that I did last week and posted on The Geek in Review about which was to use AI to summarize content.
So this week, what I decided to do was to look at a news feed that I had set up that monitors law firm podcasts. So that’s a interest of mine, I want to know what’s going on with other law firms and what kind of podcasts they’re putting out. So at a minimum, I wanted to kind of just keep up to date on that to know what the topics were, who was putting them out any changes any new additions that were going on? And that’s really all I do with it, it allows me to keep up with what’s going on in the industry.
But as with many things, I started thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if I could just listen to these news reports or these news feeds, rather than having to go on to the computer every morning and then read them. Some folks might like one or the other. But I thought it’d be kind of interesting to see if I could make that happen. And of course, like many things, I don’t have the time to do that. So I looked at the artificial intelligence tools that are out there and the automation tools. And I decided I was gonna give it a go to see if I could create a almost completely AI generated podcast.
And so here’s what I did.
Over this weekend, I worked with a number of tools to see if I could create that output. So here’s the process that I used. And I’m going to actually play the final output that I created. First of all, I have an RSS feed that tracks the big law podcast episodes.
And I then took that feed and fed it through a Python script to pull the episode information.
And then after that, I use the GPT, the actual pay version of GPT through an API to create a description of the episode.
And then the next step was to use a program called descript to translate the text summaries that the GPT tool had created, and put that into a voice output.
Now there is one part and this is why I call it the you know, almost completely AI generated podcast. And that is I did do some light editing on the text summaries so that there was a transition between the articles or the podcast, and I created an intro and an outro. And I kind of tweaked a little bit of the spacing and the timing of the output, but really not a lot of work. On my part.
I used a tool called Soundraw to create an intro and outro for the music.
And then I combined that into Audacity where I did the editing and create an output in mp3. The platform we use is anchor.
And so pretty much everything that I’ve used is a free tool, except for the GPT which is probably about a penny or so per per episode or article that I had a process. I can tell you I’ve been working with it and given and given the paid version of GPT for the last 12 days. And my total bill so far is less than $6. So it’s a really affordable tool for what you get.
There’s actually a much better voice AI tool out there called play h t that I took a look at, although it’s much more realistic, and I would love to have it. It’s not free so I did not use it for this experiment. Now don’t get me wrong. This is not by any stretch of the imagination, a perfect output. But I think it shows the potential that’s out there for doing things like this.
Now I saw a tweet this morning from a really good friend of mine Cat Moon out of Vanderbilt, who talked about how she thought it was interesting how there’s a number of people that look at tools like this and immediately think this is going to end my career there, the the AI tools are going to take over, I think more, we need to get away from the zero sum game, when it comes to technology, that technology is going to be a one for one replacement of human labor, I’m going to tell you right now, I would not do this.
As much as I would enjoy listening to a summary of big law podcast episodes, I’m not gonna do it. I don’t know of a lot of people that have that kind of free time to go through and do that on their own. However, it still is a useful idea, I think, to understand what’s going on in the industry. So instead of looking at it as a replacement for humans, I look at it as an augmentation that I think this these tools are really useful when it comes to providing information in a way that doesn’t take a lot of human time. gives us that time back, but it gives us some really good information that’s available if and when we need it.
So without going into depth any further on on the process. I’m going to let you listen to approximately the next five minutes of an automated well, almost completely automated, almost completely AI generated podcast
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Greg Lambert 11:53
So like I said, at the beginning, this is not anywhere near a perfect system. It’s not a completely automated process. But I think it’s something that could be made better. I think it’s something that can be made much more automated. And I think that, you know, this is just scratching the very surface of what these tools can do. And again, I’m looking at this as a way of augmenting the abilities that we have, either as librarians, law professionals, lawyers, there are ways to leverage tools like these to give you the ability to do things that you simply just don’t have the time to do. And the ROI of that time just isn’t worth it for a human to do this. But it’s really interesting, and I hope you got a chance to listen to it.
Whether you loved it hated it, hated me for doing it. I would love to hear more from you. So please reach out to me, you can leave comments here. Or you can reach out to me on Twitter at Lambert to @G L A M B E R T, I would like to hear from you and see what you think about it. So thanks for taking the time to listen to The Geek in Review podcast. If you enjoy the show, or at least find it interesting, please go ahead and share it with a colleague. We’d love to hear from you so you can reach out to us on social media. Marlene can be reached at @gebauerm on Twitter And I can be reached @glambert on Twitter. Or you can leave us an old fashioned voicemail on our Geek in Review Hotline at 713-487-7821.
The music that was not artificially generated and is so much better is brought to you by Jerry David DeCicca .Thanks, Jerry. All right everyone. Thanks for listening.