Amazon Alexa Can Now Whisper, Pause And Express Emotions Like Humans

Posted: Apr 29 2017, 7:16am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Amazon Alexa Can Now Whisper, Pause and Express Emotions Like Humans
  • Amazon’s Alexa to Respond in the Future like a Human Being

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is to respond to vocal commands in the future like a human being. That means whispers, breaks between sentences and emotional outbursts.

Amazon’s Alexa is about to get a humanistic dose of reality. A novel set of voice skills will be lent to this device this week by the company. The virtual assistant will thus be able to speak furtively, take a breather in between sentences and modulate the pitch, timber and richness of its voice.

Even words will be bleeped out due to their emotional content. This is definitely a wise move seen for the first time in a piece of artificial intelligence.

This novel toolkit was given to Alexa thanks to SSML. This allows a coding of Alexa’s speech stylistics into the various apps. Thus voice applications will be possible on the platform. Developers too will get a chance to control the linguistic repertoire of the digital assistant.

Everything from pronunciation, tone of voice, timing of inflections and stressed accentuations not to mention emotional acrobatics will be available within the context of the device.

What all this means is that Alexa will have tons of personality – a quality rarely ever seen in a digital device. This will make the Alexa device more like a favorite cuddly pet to the owner of the gadget.

Like Apple’s Siri tests people with its sense of humor, Amazon’s Alexa will interact with people and crack a few good ones not to mention be whimsical in its answering of the age-old RSVP-based romantic query “I love you”. It may even sing a few songs which lie in the software stored at its center.

Yet the voice still sounds a little like R2D2 in its manner. Therefore it is upto the developers to make language nuances in the software so that Alexa talks more like Stephen Spielberg’s alien in “The Extra-Terrestrial” rather than like an android robot.

This humanizing process will take some time. There are a pentad of SSML tags that can be used by the developers in their repertoire. Amazon has furthermore introduced many “speechcons” in the list of special effects that this device possesses.

Such words and phrases as “aloha” and “gotcha!” are there for the sake of this gift of a gadget. Soon the contraption will enter the market and many developers will be working away to add special resources among its built-in features, according to TechCrunch.

This humanization will eventually pay off some time in the future when artificial intelligence and human intelligence will hardly be distinguishable from each other.

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