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Amazon Pitches Alexa Feature That'll Mimic The Voices Of Deceased Family Members

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Do you remember the episode 'Be Right Back' from the second season of Black Mirror? It stars Domhnall Gleeson as 'Ash' and Hayley Atwell as 'Martha'.

They're a couple until tragedy strikes and Ash is killed in a car crash. Overcome with grief Martha decides to use an AI service that uses all of Ash's past online communications and social media profiles to become an audible chatbot that does an extremely convincing mimic of the real-life Ash to the point that Martha feels like she's chatting to her old boyfriend.

It's Black Mirror so things aren't rosy for long, of course. While it's a science fiction show, in real life Amazon is now proposing something that sounds similar to the AI service in the television episode.

At Amazon's recent Re: Mars conference senior VP Rohit Prasad pitched a new voice assistant feature (via Engadget). Related: I Used An AI To Create The Video Games Of My Dreams The new capability will be able to mimic voices, but Amazon specifically sold the Alexa feature as a way to keep the voices of deceased relatives alive.

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