Have you ever wondered if Amazon’s Alexa’s voice is that of a real person? We’ll walk you through the technology that powers the assistant.
You may have wondered who the lady behind the speaker is if you’ve talked to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant via the Alexa app or an Echo unit.
We’ll go into some of the technology that powers the virtual home assistant.
Alexa’s Voice: Who Is She?
Do you believe Alexa is voiced by a celebrity or a member of the Amazon team? You may be shocked to learn that Alexa’s voice is not based on a real person. Alexa’s voice, on the other hand, is created by artificial intelligence.
Alexa’s voice was created with custom software based on text-to-speech technology. If you’ve ever had a machine read a webpage to you or say a translation, you’ve probably used the technology before. It also powers screen reading software designed for people with vision problems.
Text-to-speech software creates “laws” that allocate pre-recorded sounds to various strings of letters. Following these laws, the programme vocalises writing. Authors, proofreaders, and translators all use such systems to double-check their work.
How Does Alexa Make Her Voice So Human?
The majority of text-to-speech applications has a mechanical or robotic tone to it. Alexa, on the other hand, talks in a more normal tone. This is because Amazon has created its own text-to-speech software, which has been improved with artificial intelligence to sound more natural.
Text-to-speech using a neural network is known as neural-network text-to-speech. Rather than using pre-recorded sounds, neural-network text-to-speech creates sounds from scratch, based on what has been learned from previous programme sound clips and laws. Alexa sounds more natural when she isn’t bound by a set of laws (rather than clunky).
This also ensures that the speaking range is much greater than that of most text-to-speech systems, which are constrained by the number of pre-recorded sound bites in their software libraries.
Why does Alexa have a female voice?
In theory, Amazon’s text-to-speech software might have been designed to speak in any voice frequency associated with any gender identity. Consumers, on the other hand, tend to favour female voices in their digital assistants, according to research.
These voices are thought to be more compassionate, supportive, and friendly. According to studies, both men and women favour female voices in their digital assistants.
What’s the Deal With Alexa? Is your name “Alexa”?
The name Alexa isn’t a reference to a historical figure or a voice actress. Rather, Amazon claims that the name Alexa is a reference to the ancient Egyptian library of Alexandria.
This library, which housed information from all cultures and ages, was one of the largest and most influential in the ancient world. Amazon hopes Alexa will be a gateway to limitless information, similar to the library of Alexandria.
Find out more about Alexa
Now that you have a better understanding of the voice behind your Echo systems, it’s time to see what Alexa can do for you and your family. Explore Alexa’s capabilities, which include clocks, alarms, music, sports, and shopping, and video conferencing, among other things.