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    Whether it is answering questions, 수원컴퓨터노트북수리 giving the weather forecast or controlling household devices, Alexa has become an indispensable tool for many of<br>Now, in a potentially groundbreaking initiative, experts are developing technology that could make it even more invalua<br>Researchers at the University of Sheffield have been awarded £218,290 of public funding to create smarter smart speakers – which could even laugh at corny jo<br>The two-year project aims to create a system for voice-operated smart speakers such as Alexa devices which will allow them to recognise tone of voice and expressive speech such as sarc<br> Researchers at the University of Sheffield have been awarded £218,290 of public funding to create smarter smart speakers – which could even laugh at corny j<br> RELATED ARTICLES

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    Running from December to November next year, the project – grant-aided by government agency UK Research and Innovation – could see the technology used in a variety of applicati<br>It could also see lonely people comforted by a voice assistant device or children taught by a calming teac<br>Lead researcher Dr Anton Ragni, of the University of Sheffield’s department of computer science, said: 동탄컴퓨터수리 ‘Any development in the area of expressive speech synthesis, 수원컴퓨터수리 including this project, has a potential of making human-computer interaction, eg smart speakers, mo<br>atural.‘And easier access to such technology has a potential of making it more widely available to developers and as a result t<br>nsumers.‘There is a lot of interest and research towards AI companions, assistants – eg [in] homes, 수원프린트임대 care homes, manufacturing floors, tutoring.

    Although I am not an expert in this area, I will not be surprised if, as the technology is moving forward, the role of virtual assistants/ companions may expand into a more<br>sonal space.’ Amazon Alexa is compatible with more than 100,000 smart home devices and at least one in five UK homes contained a smar<br>eaker in 2020Amazon Alexa is compatible with more than 100,000 smart home devices and at least one in five UK homes contained a smart speaker in 2020.

    It is expected that 130 million of the firm’s Alexa-enabled speakers will have been sold w<br>wide by 2025.However, concerns have been raised over the devices recording people’s conversations without their knowledge and ‘snoopin<br>n their homes.The university’s project pitch states: ‘Synthetic voices are becoming ubiquitous: “smart” speakers at home, announcement systems on public transport, and voice-enabled assist<br> on call lines.‘There exists a strong public demand for “smarter” assistants capable of laughing at our jokes; interacting with our children as encouraging and [empathetic] tutors; calling to check up on our parents; providing a reassuring “ear” for an isolated person; and offering calming and supporti<br>irtual therapy.’

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