The world of personal assistants has been a battleground where major players are competing against one another. Apple’s Siri has largely dominated this market by proving to be the most efficient personal assistant. Google launched its Google Home to take on Apple. Amazon threw itself into the battle with its ‘Echo’. Microsoft has been running in the race as well with its ‘Cortana’.
With so many options available on the market, which one do you think would be the best in recognizing people’s voices? To get the answer, two individuals tested these AIs with kids. These kids were of different ages varying from just 2-year-old to 6 years.
They wanted to find out at what age of the kids do the AIs start to understand the voices. The first challenge was to recognize the question ‘What does the horse say?’ These words were first spoken by a 2.5-year-old kid.
Amazon’s Alexa failed to get hold of it. When a kid aged over 3 and a half years said the same words, Alexa again failed.
When a kid just over 5 and a half-year-old repeated the words in front of Google Home, it answered correctly. But when the youngest kid just over 2 years of age repeated the same question, the Google Home fared no better than Alexa. Another kid who was 2 years and 10 months old, Google Now recognized the question perfectly.
When the best in the lot was tested with the same question by a nearly 4-year-old kid, Siri instantly answered the question. It fared well for kids of most ages. But it did disappoint us in many other cases.
When Microsoft’s Cortana was put to test by a kid who was just 2 years and 10 months old, it surprisingly recognized the question and answered correctly.
Google Home and Cortana were the clear winners in this case.
Similarly, the challenge continued and many other questions were asked by the kids to see which AI was the most responsive among all. Some of these questions were, “Where do babies come from”, “Who is Benedict Cumberbatch”. The AIs were surprisingly accurate with their answers.
After all these questions, the AI that emerged to be a surprise winner was Google Home, that answered most questions accurately and easily recognized the voices of the kids.
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