China has a number of dialects, and smart speakers like Alibaba’s Tmall Genie (comparable to Amazon’s Echo) sometimes struggle to recognize them.
Alibaba’s AI Labs now says it has reserved RMB 100 million (US$14.9 million) for R&D to solve this issue.
“One of the measures is to build a dynamic database for dialects based on samples of voice interactions occurring between Tmall Genie and its users,” Alibaba told KrASIA in a written statement.
Alibaba has shipped a total of 10 million units of Tmall Genie, which, once it’s set up, can react to voice commands to, for example, start broadcasting news or switching on a light.
However, Chinese dialects, which makes the language sound quite different depending on the region, pose a great challenge for all smart speakers in China.
Tmall Genie will start by learning to recognize the Sichuan dialect first, according to Alibaba.
Likewise, Xiaomi is also endeavoring to equip its smart speaker with more dialect recognition capabilities. Its speaker could already recognize seven dialects, including the Northeast China dialect, by end of last year, Xiaomi told KrAsia.
The company’s annual report released Tuesday showed that Xiaomi’s smart speaker Xiao’ai Tongxue had more than 38.8 million monthly active users by the end of last year.
Contact the writer at [email protected]
Nio and Didi may merge their autonomous driving businessesNio and Didi may merge their autonomous driving businesses
15 suspects of crime ring arrested for using Pinduoduo to launder money15 suspects of crime ring arrested for using Pinduoduo to launder money
Hla Hla Win of 360⁰ed on bringing holistic change to Myanmar’s education system: Women in TechHla Hla Win of 360⁰ed on bringing holistic change to Myanmar’s education system: Women in Tech
Making traveling easier and more convenient: Early StageMaking traveling easier and more convenient: Early Stage
China’s top two mobile giants take battle to tax refundsChina’s top two mobile giants take battle to tax refunds