Yanny or Laurel? The Internet Is at War Over a Robot Voice

Yanny or Laurel? The Internet Is at War Over a Robot Voice

An audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an Internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel?".

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The verdict: Szabo told the Times he recorded the original clip from vocabulary.com's page for "Laurel". Of more than 20 votes, 75 percent say it's "Laurel". The auditory illusion, which seemed to originate in a posting on the website Reddit, has not only divided people though. One writer heard Yanny, but after turning down the volume, she heard Laurel, eventually hearing both words.

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It's the biggest debate of our time - or, at least, the biggest since the great "the dress" debate of 2015. Which one you hear is largely dependent on a number of things that science can explain. Those who can hear high frequencies are more likely to hear "Yanny" while those who are less able to hear such high frequencies are more likely to hear "Laurel". I'm assuming they combined the high frequencies of yanny with the lower frequencies of laurel with some overlap.

But there are other reasons, Crum said. "Hearing is simply perceiving sound". It apparently has something to do with people being attuned to different frequencies, which affects how the sound is interpreted.

We haven't seen this level of debate since the infamous dress or that annoying shoe debacle. Alais says that the brain can flip back and forth between both sounds because it can find a definitive interpretation of the clip.

'How does it sound for you!? "I didn't hear "Yanny" at all". Crum said the human brain puts sounds into categorical boxes, especially when it comes to language.

As for where Crum falls in the Yanny/Laurel debate? According to Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, the "acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel." . "It is what it is".