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Namaste India! Alexa in desi avatar

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NEW DELHI: Namaste, Alexa’s main hoon. Naam toh suna hi hoga. ” That’s Amazon’s Alexa for you, all ready to surprise the Indians in a desi avatar. Ask more, Kaisi ho aap (how are you?), and soon comes a blatant answer, Aapne pooch liya, bas dil garden-garden ho gayaa (you asked me for my well-being, and this moves me) to bloom like a garden).

Simply, said now you will be to interact with Amazon Alexa, task her with your daily alarms and chores or simply ask her to tell you jokes in the language that you use to chat with your friends and family.

Alexa can now understand commands such as “Bollywood ke latest gane sunao”, “cricket score batao”, “sher ki aawaaz sunao”, or “Alexa, apne baare mein batao”. “We are thrilled to bring a suite of AI advances in multi-lingual understanding so that customers can interact with Alexa in different regional variants of colloquial Hindi. We are grateful to Indian customers who contributed to Hindi development through the Cleo skill,” said Rohit Prasad, Vice President, and Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon.

Rohit Prasad. Born in Ranchi, Prasad, 44, is vice president of Amazon’s world headquarters in the US is among the key personalities behind the birth of the successful and revolutionary voice assistant Alexa.

Prasad said that becoming local was the need of the hour as Indians quickly adopt digital technologies. “However, it was super challenging, especially due to the variations of words and pronunciations we have here. Hindi The dialect changes every 50-100 km.

Alexa arrived in India in 2017. Till date, she was able to understand and pronounce names of popular places, names, songs and more in languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Punjabi. With the new update, Alexa can now understand customers speaking to her completely in Hindi or Hinglish, in multiple contexts and varied regional accents and dialects.

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ALERT : Cyclonic storm could reach coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat next week

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Sunitha Devi, in charge of overseeing cyclone conditions at IMD, said, “A low pressure area has formed over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Lakshadweep area. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.”

She added, “It is likely to move nearly northwards and reach near north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts by 3rd June.”

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A low pressure area and a depression are the first two levels on the IMD’s eight-category scale used to classify cyclones based on their intensity.

The weather bureau said that the sea condition will be very rough and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 4. It has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over south coastal Maharashtra for June 2-4, on north coast on June 2-3 and in Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli on June 3-5.

IMD said that under the influence of likely formation of a low pressure system over Arabian Sea, conditions will become favourable from June 1 for onset of monsoon over Kerala.

PM Modi addressed countrymen through radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’

 

 

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