A robot voice is dividing the internet after someone on Twitter asked the simple question: “What do you hear?”
Cloe Feldman tweeted the question alongside an audio recording and a poll - “What do you hear?! ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel.’”
Upon listening, people on social media have come to different conclusions, with some adamant that they hear “Yanny” while others are positive the robot is saying “Laurel” on repeat.
And the debate has continued to grow since it was first uploaded to Reddit a few days ago. Feldman, who tweeted that she hears “Yanny,” is in the minority group, as the majority of respondents on social media have said they hear “Laurel.”
However, it reportedly all depends on a number of factors including age, sound setting, and whether you are listening with headphones or not.
One person on Reddit also pointed out that adjusting your volume may potentially change what you hear.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018 The Independent New York City office carried out our own poll and the majority of the office - eight to two - responded that the robot is clearly enunciating “Yanny.”
Usually with these things I can see both sides. But I’ve listened to it so many times and still only hear laurel
— Nicholas DePasquale (@crazynick_d) May 15, 2018 It’s 100% yanny how could it possibly be laurel
— emily ✨ (@blueftaddy) May 15, 2018 Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
down 30%: https://t.co/F5WCUZQJlq
down 20%: https://t.co/CLhY5tvnC1
up 20%: https://t.co/zAc7HomuCS
up 30% https://t.co/JdNUILOvFW
up 40% https://t.co/8VTkjXo3L1 https://t.co/suSw6AmLtn
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018 The Yanny versus Laurel debate is reminiscent of the infamous “What colour is this dress?” - as it doesn’t appear there is any clear answer.
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