Alexa Wants to Know You, Personally

Law enforcement will be delighted. Venture Beat informs us, “Amazon Reportedly Wants Alexa to Recognize Different Voices.” According to an anonymous source, the company is training Alexa to recognize individuals’ voice signatures, a feature internally named Voice ID. It would mean certain commands could be limited to certain voices, a security plus. The write-up notes this would also allow the digital assistant to, for example,:

… Serve up custom search results, remember clothing sizes when shopping, follow pre-set preferences, or even predict a person’s needs based on past usage or habits.

This opens many convenient possibilities. Though it has reportedly been in development since 2015, we have no word on when Voice ID will be available to users. Will the competition be able to adapt?

Cynthia Murrell, March 10, 2017