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Alexa will soon be able to read the news just like a professional
2018-11-20T13:01:20Z - James Vincent / The Verge
Amazon’s Alexa continues to learn new party tricks, with the latest being a “newscaster style” speaking voice that will be launching on enabled devices in a few weeks’ time. You can listen to samples of the speaking style below, and the results, well, they speak for themselves. This is the next generation of speech synthesis, that use machine learning to generate expressive voices more quickly. Currently, Alexa uses uses concatenative speech synthesis, a method that’s been around for decades. Last October, Google launched a new form of speech synthesis for Google Assistant that uses machine learning techniques developed by its London-based AI lab DeepMind.

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