July 3, 2022

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New Amazon Alexa characteristic will creepily mimic useless liked one's voices

Your useless family members are by no means actually gone, they’re simply trapped inside Amazon’s voice-assisted units.

Wednesday, at Amazon’s convention re:MARS (machine studying, automation, robotics, and area) Rohit Prasad, SVP and head scientist of Alexa AI introduced Alexa’s new supernatural expertise: the power to imitate somebody’s voice utilizing lower than a minute of recording.

A spokesperson stated in an e-mail that is one thing Amazon has been exploring based mostly on current developments in TTS (text-to-speech) expertise. Amazon did not have a selected timeline to share, solely that’s it one thing it’s presently engaged on.

Prasad described the voices of useless family members as a main use case for this characteristic citing attributes of empathy and have an effect on as keys to constructing belief with a companion, on this case, an AI-powered gadget. “These attributes have develop into much more necessary within the instances of the continued pandemic when so many people have misplaced somebody we love,” stated Prasad. “Whereas AI cannot get rid of that ache of loss it will probably positively make their reminiscences final.”

Within the demo, a younger boy is seen mendacity on the sofa and flipping by a e book. He then asks, “Alexa can Grandma end studying me the Wizard of Oz.” Alexa says, “OK,” and Grandma’s voice begins studying because the boy fortunately listens whereas thumbing by the e book.

One thing tells me not everybody would react so calmly once they hear the voice of a useless liked one by an AI gadget.

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