August 17, 2022

What you need to know

  • Amazon’s annual machine learning conference takes place in Las Vegas from June 21 to June 24.
  • The company recently demonstrated Alexa mimicking the voice of a deceased relative.
  • The feature is currently in development, although Amazon did not say when it expects it to be available on devices.

There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is impressive and can be pretty helpful. However, as AI continues to improve, it becomes easier to find examples of ways that the technology might give us pause. Amazon’s recent Alexa demonstration is arguably one of them.

The company is currently hosting its annual conference for Machine learning, Automation, Robots, and Space (re:MARS). During the second-day keynote, Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s head scientist for Alexa and AI, demonstrated a new ability that the company is working on, one that he says can “enable lasting virtual relationships.”