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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Alexa's New Speech Synthesis Language

I was just testing an App today, and was thinking about how the Alexa voice sounded natural and also robotic ... Now expect to see this to change as developers create applications that use it.   No public demonstrations exist yet of it.  I like to see how these continual developments will drive competition. Note this is NLP in the opposite direction we usually think of it, how speech is generated to create engagement or effect.

In the Verge:   by Ashley Carman 
  "  .....Amazon’s Alexa can now whisper, bleep out swear words, and change its pitch ... 
 Alexa can whisper, vary its speaking speed, and bleep out words. Developers can also add pauses, change the pronunciation of a word, spell a word out, add audio snippets, and insert special words and phrases into their skill. .... Amazon says this will allow Alexa to provide a “more natural voice experience ... "

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