When family members move away, recollections play an important a part of transferring ahead. Not too long ago there was a pattern the place folks used expertise to animate photographs of useless family and friends to provide new life to their recollections. Whereas many discovered this to be surprisingly comforting, it was fairly creepy for the others. And if that wasn’t sufficient, there’s now an opportunity so that you can revive the voice of those that have moved on. 

Amazon is engaged on a function that can let Alexa communicate in your useless relative’s voice. Creepy? You guess! The good speaker would possibly quickly be capable of reply to your queries in your useless relative’s voice as Amazon is engaged on this on the firm’s Re: MARS (Machine Studying, Automation, Robots and Area) convention. 

The intention is to make “recollections final”, as the corporate mentioned. Amazon is engaged on a system that can enable Alexa, its voice assistant, to imitate any voice after listening to the particular person communicate for lower than a minute. 

Rohit Prasad, Senior Vice President, Alexa Group, mentioned through the announcement that they’re utilizing synthetic intelligence (AI) to make recollections final in order it turns into simpler to eradicate the ache of dropping those you like.

To showcase the work Amazon’s achieved, Prasad performed a video the place a toddler asks Alexa “Can grandma end studying me The Wizard of OZ”. Alexa replies with “Okay” after which begins studying the story within the little one’s grandmother’s voice. 

Understandably, whereas some would possibly discover this comforting, many others would possibly get fairly creeped out. Presently, it’s not identified what stage the function is at proper now and Amazon has additionally not talked about when it plans to roll this out. 

Whereas Amazon is aiming at reviving recollections and comforting folks, a function like this has important safety ramifications. It’s doable that this function could be misused permitting folks to make use of celebrities’ voices with out their consent. That is the deepfake problem over again.

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