LISTEN: Emotions have been added to Alexa’s voice
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.
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.
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