The Loop: Earthquake death toll rises in Afghanistan, more medals in Australian Swimming Championships, Amazon unveils new plans for Alexa

Hello. Of Thursday 23 June and you read The Loop, a quick summary of today’s news.

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The Taliban say the death toll from a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan has risen to more than 1,000, with another 1,500 injured.

Interior Ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi said the death toll was likely to rise further “As some of the villages are located in remote areas in the mountains and it will take some time to gather details.”

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Resident of Paktika Firdaus Khan He told ABC that the only public hospital in the province with a population of almost one million had been flooded by the quake.

“Most of the victims are women and children, because they fell asleep from the disaster.” [an] “Absolute lack of resources, doctors and everything else needed,” he said.

News while you were postponing

  • head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve is not trying to create a recession to stop inflation, but is trying fully committed to bring prices under control, even if it risks a recession. Last week, the Fed raised its key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point, its highest since 1994.
  • The Australian women’s 4x200m freestyle team won a silver medal at the World Championships. It is the third medal of the competition for Molly O’Callaghan – the 18-year-old ran next to him Mandy Wilson, Leah Neil and Kia Melvertonwhich overall improved the heating time by several seconds.

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Amazon says it is developing a system that allows Alexaits voice assistant mimics any voice after listening to less than a minute of sound.

Senior Vice President of the company Rohit Prasad said at a conference that the goal was to “make the memories last” since “so many of us have lost someone we love” during the pandemic.

Amazon shared its vision for companionship with Alexa at the conference, showing a video of a kid asking, “Alexa, can my grandmother finish my Wizard of Oz?? “in which Alexa changed her voice.

It’s amazing technology, but similar projects have sparked much ethical debate: for example, Microsoft recently restricted which companies could use its software to parrot voices, which was created to help people with speech disorders but some worry it could be used for deepfakes.

There is no indication at this stage as to when such a possibility could be released.

You are informed

See you soon.

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