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Artifact is getting an AI-powered text-to-speech feature to read you the news

Screenshots of Artifact’s new text-to-speech feature.
There are other options available if you don’t want to use voices from Snoop Dogg or Gwyneth Paltrow. | Image: Artifact

Artifact — the new-ish news app from Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger — is adding an AI-powered text-to-speech feature that will read you news articles.

The company is offering the new feature as part of a partnership with Speechify. Snoop Dogg and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the voices that can read you the news, and if you want an idea of what that might sound like, you can hear their AI voices on Speechify’s website. There are more than 30 English voices available, according to Robby Stein, Artifact’s head of product.

To turn on the text-to-speech player, you can tap on a “play” icon you’ll see on the bottom bar while reading an article, and the player will let you choose things like reading speed (up to 4.5x!) and…

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