(Business Insider) Amazon is teaching Alexa to mimic anyone’s voice, dead or alive, from just a one-minute recording of that voice.
Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s head scientist for Alexa, said at a live event on Wednesday that his team has been instructing Alexa to pick up a voice from a short audio clip and convert it into longer audio output. Prasad was presenting at Amazon’s re:Mars conference in Las Vegas.
He showed a short video of how people could use Alexa’s voice-changing capability in real life. In the clip, a boy asks: “Alexa, can grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz?”
The smart speaker confirmed the request in its default chirpy voice, then transitioned to a less robotic voice that narrated an excerpt from the children’s novel.