Fri 24 June 2022:
Amazon is developing a new Alexa feature that will allow the virtual assistant to mimic the voice of a family member and then speak or read your favorite bedtime stories before you go to sleep.
According to Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, we are unquestionably living in the golden era of AI, in which our dreams and science fictions are becoming a reality.
Prasad stated at company’s annual ‘re:Mars’ conference in Las Vegas late on Wednesday, Prasad said that to achieve this feat, Alexa team used just one minute of speech.
“This required inventions where we had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of recording versus hours of recording in the studio,” Pradas told the audience.
“The way we made it happen is by framing the problem as a voice conversion task and not a speech generation path,” he added.
During a presentation, a child asked, “Alexa, can grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz?”
The Alexa feature is currently being developed.
Amazon has announced that its annual Alexa Live event for developers will take place on July 20, and we may learn more about it at that time.
Alexa Live 2022 will take attendees on a deep dive into the science that will power the next generation of “ambient intelligence.”
“Our vision for ambient computing can only be realized by extensive collaboration between teams at Alexa and all of our partners,” said Kelly Wenzel, Director of Business to Business and Developer Marketing at Alexa.
“Alexa Live 2022 is our opportunity to showcase the many products, programs, and services we’ve designed specifically to help brands and builders leverage Alexa’s growing footprint to innovate on behalf of customers,” Wenzel added.
There are now hundreds of millions of Alexa devices in use by customers worldwide.
People are using Alexa to play their favorite songs, read the news, dim the lights in their living rooms, and do a variety of other things.
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