You soon will be able to communicate with the voices of your deceased loved ones thanks to a new feature in Amazon’s Alexa.
The demonstration video showed a young boy reading the “Wizard of Oz” before asking Alexa to have his grandmother finish reading the book to him.
“This required an invention where we had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of recording versus hours of recording in a studio,” Mr. Prasad told the crowd.
“In this companionship role, human attributes of empathy and affect are key for building trust,” he said. “These attributes have become even more important in the ongoing pandemic when so many of us have lost someone we love.”
Mr. Prasad said that while artificial intelligence can’t eliminate the pain of that loss, it can help make the memories of relatives or friends last.
• Matt Delaney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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