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Amazon's Alexa could soon mimic voice of dead relatives

Amazon’s Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members - even if they’re dead. The capability was unveiled at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas. It's currently in development and would allow the voice-assistant Alexa to mimic the sound of a specific person based on a less than a minute of recording provided by users. Amazon's head scientist for Alexa said at the event Wednesday the desire behind the feature was to build greater trust in the interactions users have with Alexa by putting more human attributes into the device. Amazon did not say when the feature might be available for public use.

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Will interest rates go up again? What to do if you are a homebuyer.

If you are still in the market to buy a house, you probably know interest rates are increasing sharply. Host Teri Barr is talking with Kate Wood, a Mortgage Expert with NerdWallet, to learn how we got here and why it's important. Kate also discusses what could happen next, and if you still want to buy a home, she has a few ideas to consider when you lock in your rate Previous Pennywise episodes featuring Kate: Proposed Changes to Medicare and How They Could Impact You More from Kate at NerdWallet: Fed Hoists Key Interest Rate as Mortgage Rates Reach New Heights What Are Real Estate Agent Networks? What Does a Real Estate Agent Do? Support the show: https://omny.fm/shows/pennywise See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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