Amazon Unveils New Alexa Feature That Allows It To Take The Voice Of A Deceased Loved One

Amazon Unveils New Alexa Feature That Allows It To Take The Voice Of A Deceased Loved One

At its annual conference, MARS, Amazon revealed a new experimental Alexa feature that allows support to take the voices of users’ deceased loved ones.

In a video capsule, the company shows a child before going to sleep, asking Alexa to read him a story with the voice of his deceased grandmother.

“As you could see in this experiment, instead of it being Alexa’s voice reading the book, it’s the voice of the child’s grandmother”said Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s chief scientist for Alexa.

“Adding human attributes to Alexa systems is increasingly important in these pandemic times, many of us have lost someone we loved”he adds. “While Alexa can’t take away that pain of losing a loved one, it can certainly make their memories last.”

To date, Amazon has given no indication whether this feature will ever be made public, but says its systems can learn to mimic someone’s voice from a single minute of audio recording.

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