Amazon Alexa Will Soon Be Able to Read Stories as Your Dead Grandma

Amazon Alexa Will Soon Be Able to Read Stories as Your Dead Grandma
Photo by Lazar Gugleta on Unsplash

Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and head scientist for Alexa at Amazon, revealed a number of upcoming and new features for the company’s smart assistant today in Las Vegas at the re: Mars conference. The one that caught the most people’s attention was a potential new Alexa function that could extend short audio clips into longer speech.

The scenario that was presented at the event involved reading a bedtime story to a grandson in the voice of a deceased loved one—in this case, a grandmother.

Prasad points out that the business is able to produce some incredibly impressive audio output with just one minute of speech thanks to the new technology.

The executive explains, “This required inventions where we had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of recording instead of hours of recording the studio. By framing the issue as a voice conversion task rather than a speech generation path, we were able to make it work. We may be living in the “golden age of AI,” where science and our dreams converge.

There are currently few details. No timeline or additional information is provided, but at the very least, this is the kind of news that will undoubtedly elicit extensive scrutiny regarding potential applications beyond something as commonplace or even heartwarming as reading a child The Wizard of Oz.

Read Also:  Websites Using Cloudflare Experienced Service Outage
Related Posts