Alexa Loses Her Voice in Widespread Outage

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

Users reported issues with Alexa's voice recognition service on either Amazon Echo devices or third party electronics that run Alexa, reports The Verge. Alexa will also be mindful of the Japanese culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture. The Amazon assistant is predicting wins on the night for The Shape Of Water for Best Picture and Gary Oldman for Best Actor.

So for instance if someone from the US attends a wedding in Japan without knowing a word of Japanese, Alexa would help the person hold a conversation in the local language.

Considering the Super Bowl commercial, which showed famous celebrities like Rebel Wilson and Cardi B providing the responses to users' Alexa queries, the day's issues were tinged with a bit of humor.

"The cross-culture, cross-language piece is going to be big for Amazon and Alexa, and it has a lot of potential", an anonymous source told Yahoo Finance.

Alexa is already capable of translating words and short phrases between several languages.

Others are trying similar tactics-the Google Translate app can translate a two-way conversation with an internet connection, though without the promise of understanding cultural context. The chip is expected to power Alexa's artificial intelligence features, and may be a component for whenever the real-time language translation service will be rolled out. Google caused a stir when they demonstrated real-time translation via the Pixel Buds. Alexa may also, in the future, translate multiple speakers talking in different languages at the same time. All good stuff, though one potentially game-changing skill that is coming to Alexa is real-time language translation.

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