Alexa Will Soon Sound Like Your Dead Relatives

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It seems that Amazon has decided that it would be great if their virtual assistant, Alexa, sounded like your dead grandmother.

The retail giant is working on a rather creepy new system that will let Alexa mimic any voice based on less than a minute of speech audio.

This technology was announced at a conference held in Las Vegas yesterday, with a video that showed a child asking “Alexa, can grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz?”

Rohit Prasad, an Amazon senior VP said the goal is to “make the memories last” considering “so many of us have lost someone we love”.

This seems like a very strange way to hold onto the memory of a loved one – to ask them what time a movie screening starts at the Hoyts.

Prasad assured conference goers that the goal is “not to be confused with the all-knowing, all-capable, uber artificial general intelligence,” and they are after “generalisable intelligence.”

 

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