Amazon is devising a approach for customers to talk to their relations via its Alexa voice assistant, even after they’ve died.
At Amazon’s Re:Mars convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Rohit Prasad, senior vp and head scientist for the Alexa staff, detailed a function that permits the voice assistant to duplicate a selected human voice.
In an indication video, a toddler stated, “Alexa, can grandma end studying me the Wizard of Oz?”
Alexa confirmed the request with the default, robotic voice, then instantly switched to a softer, extra humanlike tone, seemingly mimicking the kid’s member of the family.
The Alexa staff developed a mannequin that permits its voice assistant to provide a high-quality voice with “lower than a minute of recorded audio,” Prasad stated.
The function is presently in improvement, Prasad stated. Amazon declined to say when the function will roll out to the general public.
Whereas the function might ostensibly be used to duplicate any voice, Prasad instructed it might assist memorialize a deceased member of the family.
Making synthetic intelligence conversational and companion-like has change into a key focus, particularly in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, when “so many people have misplaced somebody we love,” Prasad stated.
“Whereas AI cannot eradicate that ache of loss, it may well undoubtedly make the reminiscences final,” he added.
Amazon needs to make conversing with Alexa extra pure on the whole, and has rolled out a sequence of options that allow its voice assistant to duplicate extra human-like dialogue, and even ask a consumer questions.