Alexa will soon Speak like Anyone You Want
Amazon demonstrated the feature at its annual Mars conference, which featured a video of a child asking Alexa to tell a story in her late grandmother’s voice before going to bed.
Rohit Prasad, chief scientist at Amazon’s Alexa AI, said: “As you can see in this experiment, it’s the baby’s grandmother’s voice instead of Alexa’s voice telling the story.”
“There is no doubt that we are living in the golden age of artificial intelligence (AI) where our dreams and science fiction are becoming a reality,” Prasad said.
“Incorporating ‘human attributes’ into AI systems has become even more important in the era of the corona virus epidemic, when many of us lost loved ones,” he said.
“Although artificial intelligence cannot alleviate this grief, it can keep the memories of the dead alive,” he said.
Rohit Prasad said that the aim is to bring Alexa closer to human beings so that people can accept her with a new feeling.
The company says its system can learn to mimic anyone’s sound by listening to audio recorded in less than a minute.
According to the company, the feature is currently in the testing stages, but Amazon has not yet indicated whether it will be available for general consumer use.