Can you understand me Alexa? Smart Assistant & # 39; Beeb & # 39; which recognizes all British regional accents that will be launched by the BBC next year
- Popular smart assistants from Amazon and Google are trained with the help of American voices
- Images of regional speakers who are struggling to be understood have spread online
- BBC employees ask employees throughout the company to record their vote
- They hope that & # 39; Beeb & # 39; counteract the American bias of the software currently being used
Hope is available to millions of frustrated smart assistant users in the UK, while the BBC announces plans for & # 39; Beeb & # 39 ;, an AI that recognizes all British regional accents.
Videos from Glaswegians, Liverpudlians, Mancunians and others have been spreading online in recent years and showing their struggle with products such as Amazon & # 39; s Alexa.
Many are forced to receive a & # 39; verdict & # 39; adopt the way of speaking to be understood.
Ironically, this formal accent was once seen as a bastion of style within the home of the BBC presenters.
Developers claim that the smart assistant will be available next year on the BBC website, iPlayer and as a software plug-in for hardware such as the Echo speaker range from Amazon.
They hope that viewers can use this to find their favorite programs & # 39; s and gain access to other online services offered by the channel.
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Hope is available to millions of frustrated smart assistant users in the UK, while the BBC announces plans for & # 39; Beeb & # 39 ;, an AI that recognizes all British regional accents (stock image)
An internal team of BBC employees this week is asking employees at the company's UK offices to record their vote, trying to counter the US bias of today's smart assistant software.
Like its rivals, the software will be activated by a wakeword – in this case Beeb – although the smart assistant does not offer the same range of possibilities as its transatlantic cousins.
Also, there are currently no plans to launch a physical product for use on Amazon & # 39; s Echo or Google & # 39; s Home range of smart speakers, and it is unclear who will be voting for Beeb,
& # 39; With its own assistant, the BBC has the freedom to experiment with new programs, functions, and experiences without someone else's permission to build it in a certain way & # 39 ;, said a BBC spokesperson .
It will also make the BBC much more ambitious in content and functions that listeners can enjoy & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson Guardian.
Many British smart assistant users are forced to take a & # 39; received statement & # 39; manner of speaking to be understood. Ironically, this formal accent was once seen as a bastion of style within the home of the BBC presenters
Smart assistants have caused some controversy, especially because of claims that they constantly listen to their users.
In April, Amazon admitted that its employees were listening to private voice recordings from Alexa to improve the understanding of speech assistants in human speech.
No fewer than 1000 clips are assessed by employees in buildings around the world, without the knowledge of the people being recorded.
In July, Google joined the list of companies that use customers' voice recordings to improve its smart home products.
Google admitted that it gives employees access to some audio recordings via the smart Google Home and Android speakers.
A BBC spokesperson said that Beeb users have nothing to fear from using the software.
Mensen People know and trust the BBC, so it will use its role as a public service innovator in technology to ensure that everyone – not just the tech elite – can benefit from access to content and new experiences on this. new way. & # 39;
WHY ARE PEOPLE INVOLVED ABOUT PRIVACY WITH AMAZON ALEXA DEVICES?
Amazon devices are activated earlier when they are not wanted – which means that the devices may listen.
Millions hesitate to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes for fear that their conversations will be heard.
Amazon devices rely on microphones that listen to a keyword that can be accidentally activated without the owner's knowledge.
The camera on the £ 119.99 ($ 129) Echo Spot, which also acts as a & # 39; smart alarm & # 39 ;, will probably also be directed directly to the user's bed.
The device has such advanced microphones that it can hear people from all over the room talking, even when music is playing.
Last month a British hacker from Mark Barnes saw that the versions of the Echo 2015 and 2016 were converted into a live microphone.
Fraudsters can then use this live audio feed to collect sensitive information from the device.
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