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Amazon Wants To Turn Alexa Into A Real-Time Language Translator

03 March 2018, 06:10 | Clyde Nash

Amazon might give Alexa more intelligent real-time translation powers

Cultural context is the hardest part of speaking a foreign language. Amazon's Alexa could change that

Amazon has been making a renewed effort in 2018 to keep Alexa up-to-date with big events, having already rolled out Skills and trivia around last month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Alexa is the brains behind the Amazon Echo range of smart home speakers, but is also available as a smart assistant in a range of phones and Amazon's Fire TV devices.

Amazon's Former Senior Manager and Lead for Alexa artificial intelligence, Ashwin Ram, has announced he's jumped ship to rival Google - a move set to further intensify competition between the two tech giants. Just like Microsoft translator and Google Translate, Alexa could place many language translators out of business. Amazon wants Alexa to be a "true multilingual assistant".

With Alexa going mobile, real-time translation would come in handy when visiting another country and trying to do something as seemingly simple as ordering food or asking for directions.

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Meanwhile, other companies have also attempted to create something similar.

Amazon, which first upended the retail environment when it wooed readers away from traditional book stores, then became the go-to for many online shoppers interested in items ranging from toys to tools, now dominates the emerging smart speaker space as well. Like with the Pixel Buds, Bragi's own device wasn't met with much success, as pointed out by The Verge.

If you're wondering why Amazon's digital assistant Alexa has gone quiet today, it's because the platform that powers Alexa is experiencing an outage. According to a new report, the company wants to turn Alexa into a real-time universal language translator.



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