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.