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Amazon Announces Alexa Can Mimic the Voice of Deceased Relatives



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Amazon Announces Alexa Can Mimic the Voice of Deceased Relatives
 

 
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In news that is certainly set to raise some eyebrows, Amazon announced an experimental feature for its voice a*sistant, Alexa, that will let it imitate the voices of dead relatives.

At Amazon’s annual MARS conference, the company showed off a demo in which Alexa reads a bedtime story to a child using the voice of his dead grandmother.

Amazon’s head Alexa AI scientist Rohit Prasad said the feature is meant to highlight Alexa’s “human attributes” which have become more important “in these times of the ongoing pandemic when so many of us have lost someone we love.”

Prasad added that while AI can’t eliminate “that pain of loss” it can carry on the memories of the deceased.

Amazon claims that its AI will be able to imitate someone’s voice after listening to just a minute of their recorded voice.

Details of how this new AI works aside, the internet is already discussing the ethics of such a tool. After all, anything that was the subject of an episode of Black Mirror can’t possibly be something people are clamoring for.

It should be noted that Amazon isn’t the only company experimenting with using AI to memorialize deceased loved ones. In 2021 Microsoft patented a tool that could potentially turn deceased relatives into chatbots users could communicate.

And it’s clear that raising the dead with technology is becoming the norm, as seen with instances in which CGI was used to bring back Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One, or Anthony Bourdain’s voice in a recent documentary about the travel author.

Would an AI imitating deceased relatives interest you? Personally, I’d rather not though it doesn’t seem to be stopping tech companies from exploring the field.
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 2 months ago '14        #2
Aries  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x15
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2pac Alexa, Biggie Alexa...
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 2 months ago '21        #4
N0te 
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Thats disrespectful af
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 2 months ago '21        #5
Ippo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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No



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 2 months ago '15        #6
JayJedi 
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They’re going to go as far as they can with this bullsh*t
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 2 months ago '05        #7
Woodwin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Scams Finna go crazy
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A New Big L album would be fire



R.I.P.
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 2 months ago '04        #9
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 BrooklynDamien said

Popped into my head straight away when I read thread title
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 ---Max-Payne--- said
Popped into my head straight away when I read thread title
Really wish the show kept the same quality it had. Guess that's asking too much. That video game sh*t, and choose your adventure movie were both things I could've done without. The rest seem like inevitable situations. Guess that's why they resonate
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 Silencer said
A New Big L album would be fire



R.I.P.
They might do that for you, hit them up


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 BrooklynDamien said
Really wish the show kept the same quality it had. Guess that's asking too much. That video game sh*t, and choose your adventure movie were both things I could've done without. The rest seem like inevitable situations. Guess that's why they resonate
Went downhill after Netflix purchase but a couple of good episodes like San Junipero.
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 2 months ago '15        #13
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No. Felt the Pain even thinking about this.
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 2 months ago '06        #14
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So they make a life like robot that looks like the deceased and has thier voice
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 2 months ago '19        #15
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 jimpurple said
No. Felt the Pain even thinking about this.
My aunt still had an answering machine that had my uncles voice on it for like 3 years after he died. I felt creeped out by it evrytime I called lol I wouldn't want this
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 2 months ago '17        #16
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Turn that car on lights dimming and sh*t on they own





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 2 months ago '05        #17
edote 
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fu*k no
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 2 months ago '20        #18
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Why?

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Black Mirror type sh*t
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 2 months ago '19        #20
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I dunno about this one.
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 2 months ago '18        #21
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If my mom pass, I might want one, y'all not keeping it a buck
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 ---Max-Payne--- said
Went downhill after Netflix purchase but a couple of good episodes like San Junipero.
Love that episode
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 2 months ago '06        #23
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Not even worth a thoughtful response..

A grand smh..
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 2 months ago '22        #24
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No.


That sh*t would bring me to tears to hear the voices of the ones I lost without seeing them.



Who the fu*k thought that would be a good idea
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 2 months ago '11        #25
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 BrooklynDamien said


That scream was extra
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