Artificial Intelligence: Computers to Speak American English Accents (Says Monty Barlow) and Amazon’s Alexa Needs to Here this

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Scientists and members of the public alike are enthralled by the topic of AI (artificial intelligence). It’s as if everybody wants to hear what AI is up to or close to achieve next. During the CES (where roughly over 200,000 + tech enthusiasts attended,) people were drawn more to the AI projects and it like each researcher had a stunning idea. Among others, the exhibition and one that really seemed to be interactive and close to our daily application was the concept of teaching a computer to speak precise American English accents. Well…I think, Alexa, Amazon’s (artificial intelligence) assistant needs to hear this and give her opinion.   
Would that be Possible?
Well, the question is not really about whether a computer can speak native lingo: to surprise you, already one computer has been trained to successfully figure out various original American accents and that is artificial intelligence at work. Monty Barlow, a Cambridge Consultant researcher got special attention for this invention, where he claims to teach the machine.

Initially, most people did not welcome the concept. It seemed not applicable. For one, there are countless accents that are original to different regions of the US, and to make it trickier, these accents intermarry at the borders of the regions. As in, you cannot really specify one 100 percent that a particular accent is fully North American’s, central’s or South’s. Amazingly, Barlow had already figured this in his mind when designing the application of his artificial intelligence project, so it’s sorted.
A Boost in Data Availability helps in Teaching computers to speak American Lingo              
One thing that makes this project reasonable and applicable with ease is that there’s a lot of raw data to set it up and running. As in, what always makes some artificial intelligence projects remain stale is the fact that they face insufficient data. Like for example, there is one eagerly awaited AI project that intends to develop fully self-operational surgical robots. While researchers can brag of having achieved a milestone in that, it is also clear that we need the robot doctors to be fully independent; that is to work without a single programmable coding. The scientists put it clear that to reach there, more data is required to train the machines. For Monty’s project, there is more than enough English to train even 1,000,000 plus computers!
Artificial Intelligence is Advantaged by the Processing Speed
Another force that seems to boost AI, in general, is the processing power, which is rising higher and higher with each daybreak. In most occasions scientist pointed to slow processors as the main hindrance to creating faster, true AI. But now, there are super performing processors with speeds of Core-i (something) and up, not to mention the recently made 50-cubit quantum computer built by IBM plus others from various tech giants. There’s is also another boost to machine learning and artificial intelligence in the discovery of the memristors chip -report published on MIT reviews. Basically, all these technologies come in handy to power quick learning systems which ideally form the basis of teaching any AI machine.
Training Computers is Easy
teaching a computer to speak english accents
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For one, it’s true to say that computers have been our close friends ever since their inception and to be precise; sometimes they are closer than our real human counterparts. What that is insinuating is that we understand computers to the core of being able to train them. The most important part of teaching a system is to make it think for itself and once it’s able to do that, the lessons/application will be nothing more than remembering and applying.
Alexa’s Opinion on Training Computers to Speak English 
Alexa (powered by artificial intelligence) will soon be giving her opinions on everything you buy from Amazon, and it’ll be good that she speaks in the accent of the area she lives. As in, if you live in Britain, you should be able to train your Alexa Briton, and if you are from the South of the United States, the assistance needs to grasp your lingo. What do you think about that? Alexa would say Interesting! The concept is, scientists should put this training thing to be something that the public can do right from their end.
For example, I’ll be glad to advise my computer on what I think pure English is, and you know what, maybe Alexa will be listening and then give her opinion. Wait, have you noticed it will be the three of us talking? That is, Alexa, the now English Native speaking computer and me, in my living room. I wonder what would happen in case I am not home and the two AI’s begin to argue. Well… let’s hope that the researchers will not think of making that possible.
 What is Expect of True Artificial Intelligence
While interest in this topic is growing in leap and bound, still, no scientist can stand today and boost that their machine is 100 percent self-depended. In one way or another, there will be a need for monitoring and this is evident even with the award-winning humanoid robots like Justin and the rest. Well…for your information, robot Justine recently did the unbelievable as it repaired a faulty solar panel. This means the robot was able to locate where the fault was, and using the right tools it performed the necessary! Off cause, a True AI needs to do exactly that.
Ideally, solving problems is the back born of this entire artificial intelligence thing and if the machine is able to think for itself it means issues that are complex and unique will be solved with utter assurance. In addition to this, a true AI is expected to walk or drive itself to places. I am not saying that computers should have legs and follow us everywhere in the office (but if we come to that point who will not be impressed, even the dead would want to see that!) what this means is that humanoid robotic AI need to carry themselves. I don’t mind passing an AI on the street, (maybe a journalist robot running to collect some breaking news) while am walking my puppy in the evening sunset.
Will we Reach there?
Why not? Already we have an “accent” English speaking computer coming to the public; Alexa (from Amazon) is overtaking Cortana (from Microsoft) and Google Assistant with over 14 % percent in intelligence and to the most interesting AI project being that, robots will build us houses on Mars. What do you think, aren’t we moving faster? Sure, we will be interacting with robots on the streets sooner than we think! Tank that to the bank and thank the artificial intelligence tech.
     


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