The continuous drive to the cloud (especially the AWS cloud) and continuous evolution of machine learning/AI and data analytics means continuous improvement in solutions like Alexa.
Soon you could be hearing news in newscaster style on Amazon’s Alexa. Amazon is developing “neural text-to-speech” (NTTS) tech to develop new speaking styles for Alexa. This tool will help Amazon will launch a newscaster style to read articles in a few weeks. You can listen to samples of the speaking style below, and the results, well, they speak for themselves. The voice can’t be mistaken for a human, but it does incorporate stresses into sentences in the same way you’d expect from a TV or radio newscaster. According to Amazon’s own surveys, users prefer it to Alexa’s regular speaking style when listening to articles (though getting news from smart speakers still has lots of other problems).
Read the full article on The Verge.
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