Alexa could impersonate voices of dead loved ones — but should it?


One of the methods Amazon demonstrates to improve Alexa involves making the voice assistant seem more human. While Alexa has certainly become a better conversationalist, learning when to whisper and offering a follow-up mode, it still has a distinct and slightly-robotic tone. Yes, even for Alexa celebrity voices.

But soon Alexa could be able to speak through a filter of a more human-like voice, specifically the voice of your departed loved ones. Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and head scientist of Alexa AI, demonstrated this experimental feature during Amazon’s annual MARS conference (opens in new tab) this week (via The Verge (opens in new tab),) claiming its AI can mimic a person’s voice using a single minute of recorded audio. 

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