Google Assistant Is Now Bilingual

Google Assistant Is Now Bilingual
The intelligent assistant works seamlessly with families that speak two languages in their homes.

(CCM) — Google has injected its Assistant with a huge dose of technology which enables the intelligent assistant to understand two languages at once.

The reason for this linguistic upgrade is that the majority of households in the U.S. are now multilingual, according to a Google AI blog post. "With this large and increasing population of multilingual users, it is more important than ever that Google develop products that can support multiple languages simultaneously to better serve our users," the post explained.

From today it is possible to configure Assistant to understand and reply in any pair of the following tongues: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese. More languages will be added in the future, and the company adds that it is currently working to teach the Google Assistant how to process more than two languages simultaneously.

Humans can identify foreign languages relatively easily even if they do not speak the language themselves, by recognizing things like intonation. But it turns out that defining a computational framework for automatic spoken language recognition is very hard. The new capabilities are the result of over five years of work developing spoken language identification technology using deep neural networks.

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