Amazon Wants to Bring Real Time Translation to Alexa

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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".

"The cross-culture, cross-language piece is going to be big for Amazon and Alexa, and it has a lot of potential", said a source familiar with the plans.

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 years people have dreamed about creating the real-world Babel Fish, that lovely creature imagined by Douglas Adams as being able to automatically translate all languages in real time. Amazon Alexa and Echo are down across the US. It would ideally have an understanding of Japanese culture as well and would incorporate that knowledge into its translations.

Down Detector reported a huge spike in the number of people reporting problems with the digital assistant, the brain in some of Amazon's connected home products like the Echo smart speaker, starting at 9:39 am ET. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant. The intelligent personal assistant is now capable of deciphering single words and phrases, but with these improvements, Amazon hopes that Alexa will work seamlessly in conversations as a real-time translator.

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.

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

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