Harish Amilineni Yandex launched a smart voice assistant “Alice”
October 10, Yandex officially presented their smart voice assistant ” Alice “, which combines the search system and various services of the company – Yandex.News, Yandex.Maps, Yandex.Pododa, Yandex.Music and Yandex.Transport.
” Alice is created to help people solve everyday problems: she can find information on the Internet, tell where to have dinner, what the weather will be like tomorrow and more .”
Thanks to special neural networks, ” Alice ” can talk with users about anything in a free manner. She has a large selection of jokes, stories and interesting phrases. This feature makes the voice assistant of Yandex unique.
Speech technologies of Yandex SpeechKit allow ” Alice “ to qualitatively distinguish speech and synthesize voice. This technology works on the WER (Word error rate) metric and does all the words that “Alice” utters as close as possible to natural speech.
“A fox ” was trained on the records of actress Tatyana Shitova and speaks in her voice. The actress duplicates Scarlett Johansson in the Russian box office, characters in video games, and it’s her voice that can be heard in the voice acting system of “Samantha” in the film “She” directed by Spike Jones.
” Alice ” is available for work in the Yandex search application on iOS and Android, as well as in the beta version of the Voice Assistant for Windows. Very soon, “Alice” will be integrated into Yandex.Browser and a number of other services of the company.