By combining the immersive capabilities of VR with speech recognition and an AI-enabled voice chatbot, MondlyVR claims to dramatically shorten the time it takes someone to start talking in a new language. “The biggest things that keep people from actually speaking and using new languages are fear and lack of life-like practice,” says Mondly’s CEO, Alex Iliescu. “We’re filling the conversational gap of traditional language education.”
Although technology seems to help us acquire more skills, would this be the most effective way to learn a new language? Information is becoming increasingly easier to access and it is just natural to only retain information that is crucial. This would also apply to the language learning field.
Air New Zealand will be the first airline in Australasia to trial customers speaking to staff in more than 40 languages using Google’s voice-activated translations. From check-in to the baggage carousel, the airline will lean on this technology to bridge the gap between international visitors and the Kiwi twang.
Air New Zealand aims to provide their customers with a fast and personalized experience. It is not the first time the airline has experimented with AI: it has recently introduced Oscar, their chatbot operating on their website with a high success rate.
Source: NINE FINANCE
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