Alexa is a digital personal assistant designed by Amazon to compete with the likes of Apple's Siri. Alexa has been designed to listen and respond to voice commands to help the user get their job done and is capable of tasks ranging from listening to music, to creating to-do lists, and can even control other smart home products.
This week, Amazon announced the integration of Speech Synthesis Markup, which will allow Alexa to become more human-like. Up until recently, Alexa's speech has maintained robotic and monotone, but is now capable of whispering, varying its speaking sound, bleeping out words, and even adding pauses for punctuation to produce what is meant to be a more expressive and human-like experience.
Amazon says Alexa's new updates will allow for a "more natural voice experience." Amazon is hosting a webinar on May 18th where consumers are invited to learn more about the updates.