Amazon is showcasing an Alexa feature that allows the AI assistant to mimic the voices of users’ dead relatives

Amazon has revealed an experimental Alexa feature that allows the AI assistant to mimic the voices of users’ dead relatives. The company demoed the feature at its annual MARS conference, showing a video in which a child asks Alexa to read a bedtime story in the voice of his dead grandmother. However, whether or not customers will want their dead loved ones to become digital AI puppets is another matter entirely. People have already created chatbots that imitate dead loved ones, for example, training AI based on stored conversations. “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 head scientist for Alexa AI. Adding accurate voices to these systems — or even video avatars — is entirely possible using today’s AI technology, and is likely to become more widespread. Although this specific application is already controversial, with users on social media calling the feature “creepy” and a “monstrosity,” such AI voice mimicry has become increasingly common in recent years. Audio deepfakes are already common in podcasting and film Many audio recording suites, for example, offer users the option to clone individual voices from their recordings. (The Verge). Continue reading.



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