Samuel L. Jackson and more privacy controls are coming to Alexa
What you need to know
- Alexa will get new celebrity voices starting with Samuel L. Jackson thanks to its new neural text-to-speech engine.
- Multilingual support is coming for “United States – English and Spanish, in India – Indian English and Hindi, and in Canada – Canadian English and French.”
- You can now auto delete your voice recordings every three or 18 months.
Amazon showed off a myriad of new products at its event on September 25, but it announced more than just hardware. Along with all of the new ways to use Alexa, it also revealed some new upgrades to Alexa itself.
First, there’s neural text-to-speech technology, which will make Alexa sound more emotive, expressive, and more human than ever. For example, it will now be able to sound more excited when your favorite team wins, or imitate newscasters when reading the news.
However, the best part is Alexa will now be able to imitate celebrity voices, and the very first one is Mr. Samuel L. mother effin Jackson himself. Once it launches later this year, you’ll be able to ask Sam for the weather, to play your favorite music, have him tell jokes, and more.
Although the neural TTS technology will be able to model his voice instead of using scripted responses like in the past, it still has its limits. According to the Amazon page, Sam won’t be able to handle shopping lists, lists, reminders, or skills.
This being Samuel L. Jackson, there will be an explicit version, but don’t worry parents, there will also be a clean option as well. The celebrity voices will norm