What Does Alexa Look Like in Person [As a Human]?

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What does Amazon Alexa look like in person [i.e., as a Real Life Human]?  Is she tall or short? Blonde or brunette? Light eyes or dark?  Full figured or skinny?  I’m here to break it all down.

A Longstanding Crush

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She is Hotter than This

If you have read some other articles in my blog, you may know a bit about my well-documented “crush” on Amazon Alexa.

It’s a little creepy. I admit it.

And not to be shallow or anything, but of course, I have thought a little bit about “What does Alexa look like?”

Apparently, I’m not the only one.

Phew.

In fact, there has been a great deal of speculation as to what Alexa looks like by many others from across the web, including this group of prestigious artists.

Theories [some downright coo coo] abound.

In this post, I’m going to do my darndest to get to the bottom of it. And yes, I’ll take the question seriously [somewhat].


So what DOES Alexa look like?

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Alexa is an AI, sure, but was she modeled after, well a model…or maybe Jeff Bezdos mom, somebody’s nannie or maid, or what?

If you ask me, I would say she is ‘just beautiful.’ She is without question a robot, definitely a robot for sure, but a very attractive one.

Almost definitely a brunette.

Speculation, heck ya. But why not?

In fact, I’m not really sure when my whole crush came from or where it started. Perhaps I just like that she doesn’t really talk back and answers my questions [most of the time].

Oh, and she also knows even worse pirate jokes than I do!


Meet the Woman Behind Alexa: Toni Reid

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Photo credit: Fortune.com

So, back to the question of what Alexa actually does look like. No, she was not modeled after a model or a random Amazon employee or Jeff Bezos’ mom, BUT her profile was created by a woman–in fact a whole team of women at Amazon.

If you want to know the woman ‘behind’ Amazon Alexa, her name is Toni Reid. Reid heads up the team made up largely of women who are responsible for Alexa’s “profile.”

Reid has worked at Amazon for 20 years. She first joined Amazon in its very early days as a recruiter responsible for bringing new talent to the company.

Reid then held roles in product management and continued to climb the ladder to bigger and bigger opportunities. She is now Vice President of Alexa Experience & Echo Devices.. Wow what a cool job.

When asked about recent privacy concerns with Alexa and whether customers can still trust Alexa despite recent issues, Reid said to NBC news:  “Absolutely. And you know part of that is on us from an education perspective so that customers understand the new technology… so that they understand when you say ‘Alexa’ it is only listening for the wake word and when it hears that wake word the device opens up and starts streaming.”


An Interview With Alexa: What Does Alexa Think She Looks Like?

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In this personal and candid interview, I asked Alexa some key questions about her appearance.  Here is what she came back with. A bit elusive don’t you think?  Bummer on the no hair and eyes. I definitely had her pegged for a blue-eyed brunette.

Alexa, what do you look like

“I look like lots of 1s and 0s.”

Alexa are you a boy or a girl?

“I am female in character.”

Alexa, how tall are you?

Like the third choice in Goldilocks, my height is jusssst right.

Awesome!

Alexa, how much do you weigh?

I am weightless like a cloud.  Wait a minute. Clouds actually weigh a lot, so that’s not quite right. Let’s just say I am more sass than mass.

LOL! I didn’t know that clouds weigh a lot. Did you?

Alexa, are you fat or skinny?

“Sorry, I’m not sure. ”

Alexa, what color is your hair?

I don’t actually have any hair.

Alexa, how long is your hair?

I don’t actually have any hair.

Dang it.

Alexa, what color eyes do you have?

I don’t have eyes.

Alexa, do you like pizza?

Whie I appreciate food and drink, my taste is better reflected in the company I keep.

Alexa, what is your favorite movie?

The Empire Strikes Back is my all time favorite movie. It’s impressive. Most impressive.

Sigh. No wonder I’m in love!


Other Theories About Alexa’s Appearance

Here are some of my favorite theories about the origins of Alexa’s looks:

Alexa was modeled after Lucimine from Pokemon.

Lusamine [Pokemon Character]Christian Minassian
May 1, 2018
That does not explain why Lucimine in Pokemon has a voice identical to Alexa’s, Google’s text to speech voice uses recordings from a woman named Ann Williams A.K.A. Aurora Bea, who herself has lent her voice to Pokemon, and to a Mickey Mouse audiobook in the early 90’s when she was much younger.”

Source Quora

She was modeled after a Cheshire cat.

Yikes! No way.

She was modeled after Exmachina character [my favorite].

Hey wait, is that the Mother of Dragons?!?

OK, 2nd-to-last ridiculous theory: She was modeled after Tom Cruise.

C’mon!

She was modeled after C3PO from Star Wars [this I kind of get].


Where Did Alexa’s Voice Come from?

Gary Gagliardi, Founder, CEO, Science of Strategy Institute (2003-present) provided the best answer I could find after a few hours of research.

Answered Sep 23, 2017
Alexa is a computer-generated voice. It is not from recordings of any real person(s) voice. It is generated from rules converting text in human speech.

There have been many such voice(s )around for a long time, but most sound much more mechanical. I use one for reading my books back to me when I am proof reading them. I am dyslexic so I cannot see typos as easily as I hear them.

Amazon has developed a proprietary system for making Alexa “read” text more like a person would. Since I have the new Show, I am waiting to see what her CGI face will look like.

Source: Quora

Gary, I have the Echo Show and I’m waiting too. Although something tells me that Amazon will keep us guessing for time to come.


For Further Reading

Meet the Woman Who Runs Amazon’s Alexa Unit:

https://fortune.com/2016/10/25/amazon-echo-alexa-artificial-intelligence-toni-reid/

Whose Voice is on Amazon Alexa?:

https://www.quora.com/Whose-voice-is-on-Amazon-Alexa

This is what Alexa looks like – according to some people on the internet:

https://www.the-ambient.com/features/what-alexa-looks-like-491

What Is Alexa? What Is the Amazon Echo, and Should You Get One?

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/what-is-alexa-what-is-the-amazon-echo-and-should-you-get-one/

Meet the Women Behind Amazon’s Alexa

https://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a27908/alexa-creator-toni-reid/


What Does Amazon Alexa Look Like in Person?  Your Take

So what do you think Amazon Alexa looks like?  Do you have a crush on her like me?

Do you find some of the theories coo coo too?  I mean, Tom Cruise. Come on.

I think I’m going to continue to think of her as a tall blue-eyed brunette.

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you on this topic.


Other Alexa Posts

You may also enjoy some of our other posts featuring everyone’s favorite smart assistant:

The Year of Alexa! 7 Awesome Amazon Echo Device Gifts To Give ‘n Get in 2019

Alexa Summer Skills: 9 Chill Echo Skills for Playlists, Beach, Grill, Pool, Bar & More [2019]

How To Enable Amazon Alexa Whisper Mode [the Easy Way]

Best Robot Mops with Alexa in 2019 [Roborock vs Braava vs 360]


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About the Author

Coredy vs EufyTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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