Amazon.com Inc wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company’s voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else. During the MARS conference held earlier this week in the US, Amazon senior vice president Rohit Prasad stated that the idea is to let Alexa copy anyone’s voice after hearing it for less than a minute.
According to the Vice President, the company said that the goal behind this upcoming feature is to make memories last after “so many of us having lost someone we love during the pandemic.” Amazon did not say when this feature will be rolled out. The company said that it aims to achieve “generisable intelligence” with Alexa, or the ability to adapt to user environments and learn new concepts with little external input.
Vice President also added that the goal is to have Alexa help “make the memories last” after “so many of us have lost someone we love” during the pandemic. Although, it is currently unknown when the company plans on rolling out this feature but we know its coming sometime in the future. Notably, there are possibilities of illegal and criminal activities being performed through this feature. But there should be some levels of safeguards as well.
He said that goal is “not to be confused with the all-knowing, all-capable, uber artificial general intelligence,” or AGI, which Alphabet’s DeepMind unit and Elon Musk-co-founded OpenAI are seeking.