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Alexa may soon mimic departed relatives if Amazon's dark new idea goes ahead


At this year’s annual re:Mars conference, Amazon revealed perhaps the creepiest tech I’ve ever heard: an Alexa skill that can have it mimic other people’s voices.

On the surface, it doesn’t seem that bad right? The nerd in me is already thinking about the ways I could feel like Tony Stark or Luke Skywalker with my own personal Paul Bettany or Anthony Daniels-voiced Alexa speaker (the voices of the MCU's J.A.R.V.I.S. and Star Wars' C3-P0 respectively).

But rather than going down this celebrity route, Amazon’s Alexa senior vice-president Rohit Prasad presented the idea alongside a clip of a child being read to by Alexa using the voice of their recently-deceased grandparent. According to Engadget (opens in new tab), an Amazon spokesperson explained this clip could be recreated using “as little as one minute of audio” of the person ...


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