Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to mimic the voices of loved ones who have died.


Amazon has developed a way for consumers to feel closer to loved ones both still alive and those who have passed away. The company has announced that their new Alexa update will allow the device to speak in the sound of someone’s voice after hearing just a short clip of them speak, CBS News reported.

According to the company, Alexa’s new capability would be available in the future. “enable lasting personal relationships,” according to CBS News.

For instance, if someone asks Alexa to read a story in their late grandparent or parent’s, the device can, thanks to the ability to take a short recording of someone’s voice and recreate it, CBS News reported.

Senior Vice President and head scientist of Alexa AI at Amazon Rohit Prasad announced the plans at the compnay’s annual “Mars” conference on Wednesday.

“While AI can’t eliminate the pain of loss, it can make those relationships last,” Prasad said.

Engineers are required to create this artificial intelligence. “had to learn to produce a high-quality voice with less than a minute of recording versus hours of recording in the studio,”Prasad stated. “The way we made it happen is by framing the problem as a voice conversion task and not a speech generation path.”

A little boy asked his grandmother to read him during the presentation. “The Wizard of Oz,” and it did in the child’s grandparent’s voice.