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Topic Reading-Vol.3734-7/2/2022

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2022/07/02 Topic Reading-Vol.3734-7/2/2022

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Amazon Alexa will be able to mimic deceased loved ones’ voices

Only a few lines of voice data can personalize voice reading, according to Amazon, the provider of Alexa, a virtual assistant device that tells you the information you want or play audiobooks. Besides Alexa’s standard voice, users can choose recognizable voices of famous people like Samuel Jackson to voice Alexa. Now, the online giant says that Alexa will be able to mimic someone’s voice only from a few lines of voice data. For example, you can have your Alexa wake you up or speak the weather forecast in your last grandmother’s voice. Indeed, AI can learn things faster and better these days. Then what about using a famous actor’s or athlete’s voice? Will that infringe on their copyrights like photos or videos? In the meantime, such technology could be used to speak for a person who lost his or her voice, just like “Iceman” Kazansky in the Top Gun Maverick for Val Kilmer who lost the ability to speak after undergoing throat cancer treatment in 2014.

Enjoy reading the text and learning about the new voice-mimicking technology.

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