Alexa will soon be able to imitate your voice

The world is getting closer and closer to black mirror every day and this upcoming Alexa feature proves it.

At its re:MARS conference on Wednesday June 22, Amazon introduced the public to its brand new Alexa technology.

Alexa will soon be able to imitate the voices of deceased relatives using less than a minute of audio recording.

“While AI can’t take away that pain of loss, it can certainly make their memories last,” said Rohit Prasad, senior vice president of Alexa AI and chief scientist at Amazon, at the conference. .

In a video demonstration played on the screen during the conference, a boy said, “Alexa, can grandma finish reading me The Wizard of Oz?” followed by Alexa reading the story in Grandma’s voice.

The new feature was demonstrated as Prasad stood in front of a screen that read “human empathy”, in reference to Alexa and AI.

The announcement drew mixed reactions online.

“I don’t know how I feel about this feature. It gives [nosy],” a person wrote.

Another one tweeted“I’m going to change this to the voice of Miley Cyrus so I can experience my own Ashley [O] time of black mirror.”

“Do people really want this technology to exist? Just because it could doesn’t mean it should,” one YouTube commenter noted.

“It can be so misused, imagine someone manipulating conversations that sound like you,” someone pointed out on Twitter.

“I’m starting to think some people are watching black mirror episodes and instead of having the normal reaction of realizing how awful it is, they’re inspired by it,” another Twitter user share.

Previously, Alexa was able to imitate the voices of celebrities, but this new technology only takes less than a minute of audio for the AI ​​to learn someone’s voice, when a person has to actually record their voice. voice for hours.

Let’s just say the future of technology looks… interesting.

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