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Amazon Wants To Turn Alexa Into A More Complex, Real-Time Translator

Amazon Wants To Turn Alexa Into A More Complex, Real-Time Translator

Amazon's bigger goal, however, is to teach Alexa to become a multilingual assistant.

A widespread Alexa outage Friday likely resulting from issues with Amazon Web Services has reminded people of last month's Super Bowl Ad in which the virtual assistant lost her voice and was helped out by a variety of celebrities. Someday, we're hoping it will hold a more intelligent and more natural conversation with the translation included as one of Alexa's skills.

TechCrunch reported some Alexa services, such as turning lights on and off, were still working through the Amazon Alexa app. In some cases, those connected devices may not work at all, if Alexa is having trouble connecting to the internet.

According to the report, Amazon's team never pointed fingers at company CEO Jeff Bezos, but Nest employees reportedly ended the call under the impression that the decision came from Bezos. "Alexa, what do I say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan?"

We reached out to Amazon to hear more about the possible Alexa language upgrade. 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.

In other words, in the above example, Alexa would consider the Japanese's culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture.

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.