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Amazon Wants Alexa to Put Language Translators Out of Business

03 March 2018

Users of Amazon's popular voice assistant may have noticed this morning that Alexa isn't working for them.

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.

The website Downdetector.com, which tracks and documents technology issues, reported witnessing a sharp increase in user problems with Alexa beginning at 11:23 a.m.

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"I've had an awesome couple of years at Amazon Alexa working with some of the smartest people I know". The smart voice-based assistant will reportedly integrate its knowledge of the Japanese culture to make the translations more accurate.

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Amazon Alexa is already capable of translating short sentences in English into 36 different languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian and Thai. Amazon is looking to make Alexa more useful not just by adding a new feature but adding one that will help tackle language and cultural barriers.

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.

Yahoo's anonymous sources also discussed the physical Alexa device. The ability to translate may be enhancedas the feature becomes even more intelligent.

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Amazon Wants Alexa to Put Language Translators Out of Business