Can you imagine that Alexa spoke in your voice or the voice of your loved ones? Amazon is already working on it.

As weird as it sounds, this is not science fiction. After the community has developed projects to imitate some iconic voices such as Morgan Freeman’s, this time Amazon itself has announced that it is working on a new AI project to customize Alexa with which we will be able to imitate any voice.

The bizarre revelation was made at the company’s annual re:Mars conference , where Amazon Senior Vice President and Alexa Chief Scientist Rohit Prasad detailed the many new features coming to the smart assistant in the future. However, the biggest announcement was without a doubt this little demo in which they showed Alexa reading a story to a child at bedtime using the voice of his deceased grandmother.

The miracle that was achieved with just one minute of audio from a woman, as Prasad himself explained during the conference, “it required inventions in which we had to learn how to reproduce a high-quality voice in less than a minute of recording instead of hours. recording in the studio. We achieved this by framing the problem as a speech conversion problem rather than a speech generation path.”

However, at the moment it seems that this is just a demonstration of its capabilities, and not the functionality that we will soon see available for the voice assistant. And the fact is that Amazon not only did not share details about a possible date, but so far avoided talking about public availability. However, it is clear that this functionality is very attractive, so it remains to be seen how Amazon will approach its commercialization.

However, it will be necessary to see the restrictions the company puts on this feature as it could lead to some problems in case of identity theft. However, it is certainly inspiring to see the great advancements that artificial intelligence continues to offer, breaking through barriers that we thought were practically unattainable, to offer a future full of possibilities.

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