Amazon’s Alexa has been the subject of a lot of debates, on one hand it’s a super helpful digital assistant capable of a lot of pretty neat things, on the other hand it’s for sure listening to you at all times. Y’know, pros and cons. Whatever your feelings are about Alexa, Amazon made an announcement earlier this year that is objectively cool as all hell.
Most assistive software or devices like Alexa, Siri, and GPS are programed with a female voice, either as a default that you can customize in settings (I set my Siri to have the voice of an Australian man for… reasons) or as a fixed, unmodifiable feature, as is the case with Alexa — well, was the case.
During their annual Amazon Devices event in Seattle back in September, it was announced that one of the newest add-ons to be rolled out by the end of 2019 is a voice pack featuring
SAMUEL L. JACKSON
“By the end of 2019” might seem like a vague deadline, but we can get a little more specific now. When they said “by the end of 2019” what that actually means is “today” — LIKE, TODAY TODAY.
THE SAM JACKSON VOICE PACK IS HERE.
Once you install the voice pack, you activate it by asking Alexa to INTRODUCE YOU TO SAMUEL L. JACKSON, WHICH IS A SENTENCE I HAVE NEVER EVEN DREAMED I WOULD ONE DAY SAY ALOUD.
And thanks to their new text-to-speech technology, this voice pack doesn’t rely on pre-recorded words or sentences. It synthesizes Samuel L. Jackson’s voice and inflections, meaning that YOU CAN ESSENTIALLY HAVE FULL ON CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH ROBOT SAM JACKSON… FOR A DOLLAR.