Smart assistant that recognises British regional accents to be launched by the BBC

Mail Online | 8/27/2019 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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Hope is at hand for millions of frustrated smart assistant users across the UK as the BBC announces plans for 'Beeb', an AI that will recognise all British regional accents.

Videos of Glaswegians, Liverpudlians, Mancunians and others have spread online in recent years, showing their struggles with products like Amazon's Alexa.

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Many have been forced to adopt a 'received pronunciation' way of speaking to be understood.

Ironically, this formal accent was once seen as a bastion of style within the BBC's own cadre of presenters.

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Developers claim the smart assistant will be available next year on the BBC's website, iPlayer and as a software plugin for hardware like Amazon's Echo speaker range.

They hope it will let viewers find their favourite programmes and access other online services offered by the broadcaster.

Team - Staff - BBC - Week - Employees

An in-house team of staff at the BBC is this week asking employees across the corporation's UK offices to record their voices, in an attempt to counter the American bias of current smart assistant software.

Much like its rivals, the software will be activated by a wakeword - in this case, Beeb - although the smart assistant will not offer the same range of abilities as its transatlantic cousins.

Plans - Product - Amazon - Echo - Google

There are also currently no plans to launch a physical product to take on Amazon's Echo or Google's Home range of smart speakers, and it's...
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