Alexa learned to express emotions | tedxedmonton.com

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Amazon Voice Assistant can now answer your queries with varying intonations.

IT companies that have launched voice assistants on the market are constantly working to make their voice more natural and less “robotic." Amazon, for example, has added the ability to Alexa to respond to user requests with a certain intonation. There are two options so far: an upset and enthusiastic tone. They, in turn, are divided into three degrees – from a weaker emotion to a stronger one.

Amazon Neural Text-to-Speech technology is responsible for expressing emotions. The company notes that “overall satisfaction from voice interaction with an assistant grew by 30% after Alexa began to respond with emotion.”

In addition, Amazon has added Alexa the ability to adapt to a variety of conversational styles. For example, a voice assistant can present the news in a regular or conversational style. The same goes for answers to musical topics.

Alexa also learned to imitate an Australian accent.

Sources: The verge, Engadget, Amazon

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