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Amazon Demonstrates Alexa Mimicking Dead People Voices


It can’t get creepier and spookier than this, as Amazon on Wednesday demonstrated a new feature that enables its virtual assistant, Alexa, to mimic the voices of users’ dead relatives. Yes, you read that right!

The company demoed the feature at Amazon’s Re: MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robots, and Space) conference in Las Vegas. In the short video clip, a boy is asking Alexa to read “The Wizard of Oz” story in the voice of his dead grandmother.

Alexa acknowledges the child’s request in her default, robotic voice, and then immediately transitions to a softer, more humanlike tone, apparently mimicking the voice of the child’s dead grandmother, and narrates an excerpt from the children’s novel.

“As you saw in this experience, instead of Alexa’s voice reading the book, it’s the kid’s grandma’s voice,” said Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s Senior Vice President ...


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