Amazon is working on giving Alexa the ability to mimic anyone’s voice, dead or alive, from just one minute of audio — and Twitter doesn’t know how to feel about it

(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?”

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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.


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