Amazon Web Services widespread outage causes Alexa to lost her voice

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Maybe we should try asking Alexa. Alexa will also be mindful of the Japanese culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture. By doing so, it would be able to instantly serve up a useful, accurate translation for a person from the U.S. who only speaks English and is attending a wedding in Tokyo.

In a weird case of life imitating art, Alexa appears to have actually lost her voice.

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Alexa can already translate short phrases and words in Spanish, German, French and Italian but cannot decipher more meaningful or contextual situations that languages often need. If Amazon is able to bring that to Alexa, its translation feature may become more useful in real-time moments, as pointed out by Mashable.

Amazon is not the only major tech company that seeks to beef up the translation capabilities of its products. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant.

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Sources also told Yahoo that the ultimate goal is to have Alexa translate for you on the fly, differentiating between multiple languages being used during a single conversation and helping you understand exactly what people are saying. Samsung's Bixby voice assistant on its Galaxy phones is already capable of basic translations, while Bragi also created wireless earphones previous year that featured real-time translation.

People using Amazon's smart-assistant Alexa on Friday, either through an app or one of Amazon's many Echo devices, are finding that the typically attentive assistant isn't working as it normally does.

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Beyond language itself, the company wants Alexa to gain a well-rounded knowledge of the cultures in which the translated languages are spoken.

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