Amazon’s Alexa could soon Translate Speech in Real-Time
Amazon is exploring real time translation abilities for Alexa. Currently the intelligent personal assistant is capable of only deciphering single words and phrases. Many companies have tried at creating real-time translating devices but Amazon believes that they can create the best one yet but improving Alexa to work seamlessly in conversations as a real-time translator. Amazon doesn’t just want it to simply translate language to language, the company wants Alexa to gain a well-rounded knowledge of the cultures in which the translated languages are spoken. By incorporating this knowledge into translation, the device could help users to communicate more respectfully and effectively. For example, the Spanish language is spoken in about 20 countries but in each one the dialect, and accent is different so simple translations services like google can’t fully understand this component and this is something that Amazon wishes to accomplish.
Amazon expects to have this technology available through any smart device to avoid the physical carrying of the device, so it’ll make the technology more accessible for people all over the world. Other companies have tried to create something similar but all have failed to develop a seamless device that’ll make real-time, conversational, and culturally-sensitive translations. Even if the technology is still a long way from happening, Amazon hopes that one day Alexa will be so advanced that a single device could translate multiple people speaking multiple different languages at the same time.
What do you guys think of this? As someone in our class previous mentioned in a post about the Babel Fish Earbuds technology where they hope to basically provide the same service, how do you see this type of technology advancing in the future?