Scary feature: Amazon lets the dead speak through Alexa

Soon Alexa will sound from the afterlife…

At the so-called re:Mars event from Amazon, a conference on artificial intelligence and machine learning, the online giant presented a scary function for the language assistant Alexa: In future it should be possible for Alexa to speak with the voice of the dead!

The core of the function is the imitation of voices using artificial intelligence (AI): At the event, Amazon presented how Alexa reads a bedtime story to a boy with the voice of the deceased grandmother.

Alexa needs a minute of voice recording

This voice was generated solely on the basis of a one-minute voice recording. Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s Vice President for Alexa, said of the technology: “This required inventions that required us to learn how to produce a high-quality voice in less than a minute of recording time, as opposed to hours of recording in the studio.”

“We are undoubtedly living in the golden age of AI, where our dreams and science fiction are becoming reality,” Prasad continued.

The voice imitation aims to make Alexa’s artificial intelligence as personal as possible. “While AI can’t remove the pain of loss, it can definitely prolong memories,” Prasad said. Amazon did not reveal when the new function will reach users.

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