Amazon Virtual Assistant Alexa will soon be able to play the voice of family members – even if they have died. This feature, introduced by Amazon at the Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, will allow a virtual assistant to simulate the voice of a specific person based on less than a minute of recording, reports AP NEWS.
Rohit Prasad, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Alexa Project, explained that the goal of creating this feature was to increase trust in user interactions with Alexa through the “human attributes of empathy.”
“These qualities have become even more important during the ongoing pandemic, when many of us have lost those we love,” Prasad said. “While AI cannot eliminate the pain of loss, it can definitely make memories last longer.”
In a video shown by Amazon at the event, a small child asks, “Alexa, can Grandma finish reading The Wizard of Oz to me?” Alexa acknowledges the request and switches to another voice imitating the child’s grandmother. make “high-quality voice” with a short recording.
Amazon did not provide more details about the feature, which is sure to raise a lot of privacy concerns as well as ethical questions.