Samuel L. Jackson has been reportedly signed up to lend his voice to the device and the feature will be available for a special price.
Looks like Amazon's virtual personal assistant Alexa might be getting a more entertaining and somewhat profane makeover, as Samuel L. Jackson has been reportedly signed to lend his voice to the AI. According to INSIDER, the company announced on Wednesday that the Pulp Fiction star is the first celebrity voice to feature on the device's 99-cent upgrade during a major product reveal in Seattle. So brace yourselves for the f-bombs Jackson's going to drop on you via the device.
According to reports, the feature will soon be made available to users towards the end of this year for a fee. So, for anyone who has purchased the Echo in 2019 can change this interactive voice to Jackson's thanks to the company’s neural text-to-speech technology. A special introductory price of $0.99 will be levied for this update allowing users to give their voice integration the sass of this legendary actor. However, the regular price will be $4.99. "He’s in the cloud baby! Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson is here to add some fun to your Alexa experience. Just ask and Sam will give you the weather, play your favorite music, tell jokes, and more," says the description of this feature on Amazon's official blog post.
Over the years, Jackson has garnered a huge fan following for his facetious cuss-filled delivery of one-liners in movies such as Shaft, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and of course, The Avengers. Take for example his plea to "get these motherfucking snakes off this motherfucking plane" in the 2006 cult movie Snakes on a Plane, that eventually become synonymous with the film itself.
However, the company has promised an option that will allow users to choose between explicit and non-explicit contents. "To get started, just say, 'Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson.' Then, choose whether you’d like Sam to use explicit language or not. If you change your mind later, simply go to the settings menu of the Alexa app to toggle between clean and explicit content," says the website. The company is yet to announce the release date for this product. During the big reveal on Wednesday, the tech giant hinted that more celebrity voices would be added to the device in 2020 reports CBS News. And whether the prices for the other stars would remain the same or not is still unclear.
This update was just one of several others that the company made on Wednesday. According to The Guardian, they also announced a number of new updates including, auto-deletion of voice recordings and new sets of commands that will force the program to unveil all the data it has collected. This latest privacy feature comes after the prevailing concerns about Amazon's retention and treatment of users’ data especially due to the devices ability to record conversations. In addition, they also revealed new gadgets that are powered by Alexa, such as an Echo Dot with a clock, Echo Studio speakers, a Smart Oven, Echo Buds earbuds, and Echo Frames for their latest eyewear.