Amazon Trying To Teach Alexa New Trick: Translating Languages In Real Time

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

Sources "familiar with the matter" told Yahoo that Amazon has a grand vision of a "Star Trek-like" capability where Alexa can simply respond to virtually any voice command including real-time translation. Alexa will also be mindful of the Japanese culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture. Presumably, this functionality will be available from Amazon's app and Alexa app, too.

Amazon Echo owners at Business Insider confirmed that Alexa is acting up, and it's being slow and buggy.

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. The problem appears to be related to Alexa's voice recognition servers, as it's occurring across both native devices like an Echo and 3rd party devices running Alexa like the Sonos One.

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Alexa is already capable of translating short terms and phrases from Spanish, German, Italian, French, and English into native languages. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant. According to a new report, the company wants to turn Alexa into a real-time universal language translator.

The importance of Alexa to Amazon is probably why the company is working on its very own processing chip.

The sources also expect that one day Alexa will be so advanced that a single device could translate multiple people speaking multiple different languages at the same time. Turning to, we can see that problems with Alexa were first reported around 9:39 am EST, and peaked at 1,099 complaints. The ability to translate may be enhancedas the feature becomes even more intelligent.

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