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Amazon will teach voice assistant Alexa to imitate the voices of other people - including the dead

So it will be possible to "preserve memories" of deceased relatives.

  • Rohit Prasad, Senior Vice President of Amazon and Chief Scientist of the Alexa team, spoke about the new feature at the Amazon Re: Mars conference, writes CNBC.

  • During the speech, the voice assistant was asked to read The Wizard of Oz in her grandmother's voice - Alexa confirmed the request and switched to a softer human tone.

  • According to TechCrunch, in order to imitate a human voice, you need an audio recording of one minute of speech - after analyzing it, the column will be able to imitate the voice of another person, including the dead.

  • While the technology is in development and there are no details on when the feature will become publicly available it will.

  • Prasad suggested that imitating someone else's voice could be used to "perpetuate the memory" of a deceased relative, especially given how many loved ones have been lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Although AI will not relieve the pain of loss, it will help preserve memories,” he said.

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