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

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

This is still far off in the distant future, but it seems to show that Amazon is adamant in making Alexa the smartest voice assistant around. One of the sources told Yahoo that the e-commerce giant is working on turning Alexa into "a context-savvy, real-time universal language translator". That means in addition to facilitating cross-lingual conversations in real time, Alexa would be able to provide answers like what to say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan, the Yahoo report says.

Amazon's Alexa assistant is already capable of performing a wide range of capabilities, but the company wants to push it even further.

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Word of this potential Alexa upgrade suggests that Amazon is getting more serious about taking Alexa mobile. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant. It would ideally have an understanding of Japanese culture as well and would incorporate that knowledge into its translations.

According to the report, Amazon's team never pointed fingers at company CEO Jeff Bezos, but Nest employees reportedly ended the call under the impression that the decision came from Bezos. Amazon is looking to make Alexa more useful not just by adding a new feature but adding one that will help tackle language and cultural barriers. By doing so, it would be able to instantly serve up a useful, accurate translation for a person from the U.S. who only speaks English and is attending a wedding in Tokyo.

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An Amazon spokesperson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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