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LISTEN: Emotions have been added to Alexa’s voice

/ 01:10 PM November 28, 2019
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Amazon is trying to improve Alexa’s voice. Image: AFP/Grant Hindsley via AFP Relaxnews

Amazon has presented two vocal functionalities that will help Alexa achieve a much more natural tone. For the moment, the new features are only available in English.

With Alexa Emotions, Amazon’s intelligent assistant can be configured to respond in a “happy/excited” or a “disappointed/empathetic” tone depending on the situation and the type of response required.

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At the same time, newly developed speaking styles can color speech provided by Alexa via a full range of compatible devices (most notably all of the Echo speakers line), making it more human and intuitive.

For example, the news speaking style makes use of a voice and intonation (stresses and pauses etc.) that closely reflects a manner of speaking adopted by television and radio presenters.

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For Amazon, the long-term objective is to facilitate dialogue between humans and their intelligent assistant. The more interaction there is the better Alexa performs. IB/JB

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TOPICS: “Alexa”, Amazon, Amazon Devices, artifical intelligence, intelligent assistants
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