Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Amazon plans to teach Alexa real-time language translation

Amazon plans to teach Alexa real-time language translation

While Amazon doesn't have a status page for its consumer products, Down Detector is reporting a huge spike in Alexa-related complaints over the last hour.

One of the ways the group intends on doing this is by introducing the ability for Alexa to translate languages, beyond simple words and short phrases.

"For instance, if a person from the US, who only speaks English, attends a wedding in Tokyo and doesn't speak Japanese, Alexa would be able to help that person hold a conversation in Japanese". In real life, though, Alexa users had to wait until she is up and running again to ask about the weather or use voice commands to play music.

Alexa would have an understanding of the Japanese culture, which is generally more formal and conservative than American culture and would incorporate its knowledge into translations.

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Amazon wants real-time language translations to work on any Alexa-enabled device on-the-fly. It can already do the basic but it still has potential to become smarter. In 2017, Google boasted that the Pixel Buds ($159 ) were able to perform accurate real-time translation on the go, but the feature was not well received.

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.

Amazon reportedly also wants Alexa to be capable of translating languages on-the-fly which means that if someone is talking to you in a local language that you do not understand, Amazon would translate it into your native language in real-time.

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