Alexa really loses its voice as Amazon Web services suffer outage

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

By incorporating this knowledge into translation, the device could help users to communicate more respectfully and effectively. One possible way of doing this is by having Alexa translate language in a more sophisticated manner.

Citing "several sources familiar with the matter", Yahoo Finance reports that the engineering team responsible for Alexa is "seriously exploring" adding language translations and other capabilities that could benefit different languages and cultures.

An Alexa "skill" already translates short sentences in English into 36 languages including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Thai and many more - but just short phrases and words.

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Amazon, which now offers AI translation as a service for developers, does not now provide cultural context or understanding through Alexa. Running with the latter example, one of the goals would be for Alexa to differentiate between asking "What do I say to the father of the bride in Japan?" and "What do I say to the master of ceremonies at a wedding in Japan?"

More changes will happen to Alexa. Last year, Google debuted the Pixel buds wireless headphones, which are capable of real-time translation using Assistant, Google Translate and the user's Android phone.

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.

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In response, Nest will no longer sell any of its products on Amazon after existing inventory runs out.

Amazon wants to turn Alexa into a real-time translator.

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