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

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

With the function, for example, it is possible to make Alexa sound like a deceased loved one. The company showed the possibility in a video in which a child asks if her deceased grandmother can read a story.

The purpose of the position is to “make memories last,” senior vice president Rohit Prasad said at an Amazon conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He emphasized that many people have lost someone during the corona pandemic.

It is unclear if and when the feature will be released. Amazon has not shared any further details. The company also did not discuss the ethical side of the system, for example that criminals could abuse the software to commit fraud.

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