Amazon wants to make Alexa seem a little more human. Starting this week, the voice assistant will be able to add intonations to some statements, expressing feelings like disappointment or excitement.
Amazon announced the new features in a blog post aimed at developers building apps for Alexa. The company suggested using the tones for gaming or sports, saying that Alexa could sound “excited” when a user has won a trivia game, or “sad” when the user’s favorite sports team had lost a match.
The company provided several examples of Alexa speaking with various degrees of disappointment or excitement.