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US Big Tech Facing Chinese Language Problems in Smart Speaker Market 

US Big Tech Facing Chinese Language Problems in Smart Speaker Market  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese companies are making extremely inexpensive smart speakers. These speakers can also be shipped internationally, running Amazon Alexa when sold abroad. Major foreign voice assistants are nowhere to be seen in the Chinese market. Why? : They have mostly failed even to get the language right. Apple's Siri has cracked China's notoriously difficult languages, speaking two dialects each of Cantonese and Mandarin, but the company's HomePod speaker only has English and — in any case — isn't for sale in China. Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant offer no Chinese language support. The race for the global market is on.

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Challenges of Speaking Chinese to Computers

Challenges of Speaking Chinese to Computers | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Written Chinese does not have spaces naturally dividing words as English does. So Chinese natural-language-processing researchers must teach their algorithms where to insert spaces in order to establish the proper meaning of a particular combination of characters. The absence of Chinese verb tenses—there are no distinctive forms for past, present, or future—also makes it challenging for machines to decipher the timeline of a sequence.

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