back to article Amazon opens MASSIVE AI speech dataset so Alexa can speak your language

Amazon released an open-source speech dataset supporting 51 languages on Wednesday, encouraging developers to build more third-party apps and services for its AI speaker device Alexa. Speech recognition and natural language understanding (NLU) algorithms have steadily improved, paving the way for voice-activated digital …

  1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

    What I want

    is something based on this technology + a chat bot that I can feed cold callers to, so it wastes their time for as long as possible.

    1. innominatus

      Re: What I want


  2. Pete 2 Silver badge


    > "Imagine that all people around the world could use voice AI systems like Alexa in their native tongues,"

    To quote the good book about universal translation:

    “Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”

  3. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge


    Pretty much all any Speech AI needs to understand. In every language, of course.

  4. Scott Broukell

    Note to self:

    Noate Tu Seylf - Wyen inthye huse suche devise es seyn, I doth speyk æn Elde Englyshe tongues fram now on then.

    1. Peter Mount

      Re: Note to self:

      Obligatory XKCD

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Note from the past

      Brilliant, but you're only buying time mate.

      On a long enough timeline they will build an interpreter for Linear B and the subtler inflections of the Nesite accent vs the urbane tones of the "new capitol hipsters" in the more modern(~1330BC!) Hattusan argot.

      As an alternate, just hang around the local carpark and soak up whatever oomny govoreet the nadstat are skazat till you pony it. Just smot the millicent as they ++untolerate malchick zooks.

    3. Version 1.0 Silver badge
      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Note to self:

        Not helped by the training data set for Scots

  5. Anonymous Coward


    For everyone who uses Alexa, speaks like a newsreader, and avoids slang and argot.

    For real people, not so much.

    To paraphrase Steve Jobs: "you're talking to it wrong."

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