Amazon wants digital assistant Alexa to imitate the voice of the deceased

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Amazon is working on a feature for its Alexa digital assistant that will allow the device to mimic a human’s voice. It takes less than a minute of this person’s audio.

For example, the feature makes Alexa sound like a deceased loved one. The company showed this possibility in a video in which a child asks if his deceased grandmother can read a story.

The purpose of the post is to “make the memories last,” Vice President Rohit Prasad said Wednesday at an Amazon conference in Las Vegas. He pointed out that many people have lost someone during the corona pandemic.

It is unknown if and when the feature will be released. Amazon did not share further details. The company also didn’t address the ethical side of the system, such as that criminals could misuse the software to commit fraud.

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