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Yanny or Laurel? Audio clip spurs social media debate

May 16, 2018 12:44 PM
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That’s the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is “yanny” or “laurel.” How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the Internet three years ago.

The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people heard. She said she heard Laurel. But New Age musician Yanni was in the Yanny camp.

Some people speculated the age of the listener might determine what people heard, while others changed the pitch to alter results.

The answer, according to some, is that the robot is saying both. The recording is actually two voices on top of each other, saying both words. Your brain can’t hear both at once, so it picks between the two.


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