The feature is currently under development and would enable the virtual assistant to imitate the voice of a particular individual based on less than a minute of recording. It was introduced at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas.
Alexa from Amazon could soon imitate the voice of a deceased relative
Since so many of us have lost loved ones due to the current pandemic, Mr. Prasad remarked that these qualities have become even more crucial. “AI can surely make their memories last, even while it can not take away that agony of loss.”
The goal of the functionality, senior vice president and head scientist for Alexa, was to increase customer trust in their interactions with Alexa by including more “human traits of empathy and compassion.”
In a video played by Amazon at the event, a young child asks “Alexa, can Grandma finish reading me the Wizard Of Oz?”
To create the feature, Mr Prasad said the company had to learn how to make a “high-quality voice” with a shorter recording, as opposed to hours of recording in a studio.
Alexa then acknowledges the request and switches to another voice mimicking the child’s grandmother. The voice assistant then continues to read the book in that same voice.
The rollout is likely to spark more privacy concerns and ethical questions about consent.
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