Amazon working on technology allowing Alexa to speak in a dead relative’s voice


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The new season of Black Mirror has arrived quicker than anticipated thanks to Amazon.

The company has introduced it’s building a feature for Alexa that would allow the virtual assistant to converse in the voice of a dead relative. The technological know-how was revealed off through a keynote presentation.

A demonstration confirmed a boy or girl asking Alexa, “Can grandma end looking through me The Wizard of Oz?” Alexa then can take on the voice of the child’s grandmother to go through the e book.

“Rather of Alexa’s voice looking at the guide, it is the kid’s grandma’s voice,” Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and head scientist for Alexa AI, reported. “This required invention the place we had to understand to produce a large-high quality voice with considerably less than a minute of recording vs . several hours of recording in the studio.”

Prasad did not expose even more information about how this feature would work or when it could start, though he added that while artificial intelligence “cannot eliminate” the “pain of loss,” it can “definitely make their recollections past.”

But the feature — which calls to head the plot of an true episode of the dystopian sci-fi series Black Mirror — was seen by some as “exceptionally creepy,” as author Julian Sanchez tweeted, arguing “totally no person will do it.” Cybersecurity expert Rachel Tobac also raised issues to The Washington Submit about criminals making use of voice samples “to impersonate other persons,” foremost to “fraud, details decline, account takeover and more.”

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