Yandex has released voice assistant Alice 

The service works on devices running Android and iOS and on computers on Windows.

Yandex officially announced the launch of Alice’s voice assistant , which has been tested since May 2017. The service is designed to help users solve everyday problems: with its help, you can search for information on the Internet, create routes, choose restaurants and other establishments, find out the weather forecast and so on, told in the company.


Recognizes speech, determines the meaning of what has been said and synthesizes the answer helper with the help of SpeechKit technology . Says “Alice” voice actress Tatyana Shitova , which in particular duplicates Scarlett Johansson in the Russian box office. The service answers questions posed by voice or with a text message.

Alice is available in the Yandex application for Android and iOS, as well as in the beta version of the service for Windows. The voice assistant supports work with several Yandex services — for example, it can open Search, Radio, Maps, or other services.

“Alice” works on the basis of a neural network trained on large arrays of texts. This allows it to process incomplete phrases and questions based on context. In addition, “Alice” is able to improvise, not limited to a set of predetermined answers, that is, it can give different answers to the same question, noted in Yandex.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We wanted “Alice” to speak with people in their language, and not to teach their way, as computer interfaces did in the past.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]For this, it is necessary that she understands real human speech, and not just perfectly spoken requests. This was one of the priorities in the development of “Alice”.[/perfectpullquote]
Denis Filippov
Head of Speech Technology, Yandex

In the future, other companies will also be able to give the assistant access to their services, they say in Yandex. Now Alice can already launch third-party applications – for example, VKontakte or Instagram.


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