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Amazon Alexa Replicates Dead Relative’s Voice

“We are unquestionably living in the golden era of AI, where our dreams and science fiction are becoming a reality.”

Liz Hughes

June 24, 2022

1 Min Read
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If you’ve been missing the sound of your late grandmother’s voice, there’s now an app for that. 

Amazon’s Alexa may soon be able to replicate the voice of dead relatives using less than a minute of recorded audio from the original person. 

The capability, now in development, was unveiled at Amazon’s annual global re:Mars Conference in Las Vegas this week when Alexa senior vice president Rohit Prasad demonstrated the feature’s newest compatibility that he said “enables lasting personal relationships.” 

In a video presented to attendees, a boy asks Alexa if his grandmother can finish reading to him “The Wizard of Oz.” And she does.  

 

“This required inventions where we had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of recording versus hours of recording in the studio,” Prasad said. “We made it happen by framing the problem as a voice conversion task and not a speech generation task. We are unquestionably living in the golden era of AI, where our dreams and science fiction are becoming a reality.”

Prasad said he is optimistic that “ambient intelligence enabled through advances in generalizable AI will enrich the daily lives of everyone, everywhere.”

About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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