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Amazon is working on a technology for Alexa that will restore the voice of the deceased

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MADRID, June 23 (Portaltic/EP) –

Amazon develops an artificial intelligence (AI) based technology that recovers the voice of deceased people and reproduces them via their virtual assistant, alexa

The company has disclosed this work to the re:MARS conferencean event on automatic learning (machine learning) and automation where he showed a demonstration of it.

The person responsible for popularizing it was lead engineer Rohit Prasad, who has asserted that “one of the most surprising things about Alexa is the relationship of camaraderie we have with her”.

Prasad has insisted that “in this community relationship, the human attributes of empathy and affection are key to building trust” and that the pandemic has made these relevant.

“Many of us have lost a loved one and while AI cannot ease the pain of loss, if you can make your memories permanent,” has pointed out.

So he uncovered a case where a kid asked Alexa if his grandmother could finish reading The Wizard of Oz to him. After receiving the “Okey” from the assistant, you can listen the narration of part of this book with another woman’s voice.

The exec stressed that this invention required Amazon developers to learn “to produce a quality voice in less than a minute of recording, compared to hours of recording in the studio.” And he took that forward, so to work on that, they focused on that ability as a language conversion task instead of generating that language.

Prasad has not specified when this technology will be available, although he has insisted the company is working on it at the moment.

This isn’t the first time a large company has been working on a system with these qualities, allowing users to chat with the deceased. Microsoft, for example, filed a patent for the development of chatbots last year that would make it possible to have those talksbased on content consisting of images, voice recordings or posts on social networks.

After Microsoft was embroiled in a controversy and was criticized for saying that this system was “disruptive”, Microsoft confirmed this had no plans to manufacture this product.

Source europapress.es

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