Amazon's Alexa Actually Lost Her Voice

Amazon's Alexa Actually Lost Her Voice

Amazon's Alexa Actually Lost Her Voice

Turning to DownDetector.com, we can see that problems with Alexa were first reported around 9:39 am EST, and peaked at 1,099 complaints. The smart voice-based assistant will reportedly integrate its knowledge of the Japanese culture to make the translations more accurate. By doing so, it would be able to instantly serve up a useful, accurate translation for a person from the USA who only speaks English and is attending a wedding in Tokyo. And while Alexa is frequently failing, I was able to get a response to my question about the weather after a long delay moments ago.

Amazon Alexa is already capable of translating short sentences in English into 36 different languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian and Thai. Context and cultural awareness is something that's still missing. The ability to translate may be enhancedas the feature becomes even more intelligent.

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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.

It's a great idea, though the issue that comes with using a virtual assistant is having to use a voice command every time you want something translated - much like the translation in Google's Pixel Buds. Instead of relying on a large home device, they expect that Alexa will be able to translate through any smart device. It went quiet for users in many locations Friday because of an outage within Amazon's cloud data service, AWS. All good stuff, though one potentially game-changing skill that is coming to Alexa is real-time language translation.

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