Good audio system like Amazon’s Echo have turn out to be a staple in lots of properties, the place they take heed to their homeowners’ requests and assist them accomplish duties like set alarms, search for recipes, or play music. The voice most individuals hear from their Echo is Alexa — though different choices can be found. (You may make Alexa sound like Samuel L. Jackson, for instance, when you’re up for a extra intense, profane expertise once you ask an A.I. what the climate goes to be like tomorrow.)
However the newest advance that Amazon is touting for its sensible audio system and Alexa takes the idea a step father into doubtlessly unsettling territory. This week, Amazon confirmed off a demo of know-how that will enable Echo to imitate any particular person’s voice — even, maybe, a useless relative. All it will want, a minimum of in line with the demo, is a minute of the precise particular person’s recorded speech.
You’ll be able to watch the demo under (through Selection):
Is the considered your grandmother talking to you thru Alexa comforting or disturbing? I can think about totally different individuals having totally different responses to that query. Both method, it’s completely the stuff of science-fiction — in reality, I can consider a pair motion pictures and TV reveals which might be actually about this idea.
The film Marjorie Prime, for instance, from 2017 was basically a couple of extra superior model of this very same know-how, with holograms and synthetic intelligence getting used to resurrect useless family members who can consolation (or inadvertently bother) those that are nonetheless alive.
Of their demo of this new Alexa know-how, Amazon referred to as 2022 “the golden period of AI.” They meant it as a praise, however as somebody who has seen lots of Terminator motion pictures, I’m not so positive it needs to be.
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