Google Assistant can now better understand and pronounce unique names
The Google Assistant update will help it better recognize speech and pronounce names. Google’s update for its virtual assistant will help it recognize and pronounce unique names while helping it understand the context of the conversation shared by users. The search giant will apply its BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) system to improve the quality of the conversation between Google Assistant and users. The update is currently available on Google’s smart speakers in the US and will be rolled out to smartphones and smart displays in the near future.
Announce updating via a blog post, Google is trying to make its assistant more user-friendly by trying to recognize speech better and pronounce unique names than before. Google announced that users can now train the virtual assistant to speak and recognize unique names. The company said the assistant will listen to and remember users’ pronunciation, without recording the user’s voice. Currently, the feature is only available in English, but Google plans to expand to include other languages soon.
Another important feature introduced with the update is the ability to more easily recognize a user’s speech and the context of the conversation. To do this, Google rebuilt the Assistant’s Natural Language Understanding (NLU) models so that it can understand the context while improving its “benchmark resolution.” The search giant said this update uses machine learning technology powered by BERT. The company claims that because of this technology, Google Assistant can now respond with almost 100% accuracy to commands for alarms and timers. In addition, it plans to bring this feature to other devices than just Google’s smart speakers on which it is currently available.
Google also applied BERT to improve the quality of the conversation between the assistant and the users. The Google Assistant will now use previous user interactions and understand what is displayed on the screen to answer follow-up questions, making it easier to have a more natural conversation.
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