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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Programmers at NYUAD to release Gulf Arabic text prediction software

Get ready for Siri to speak Arabic? A team of programmers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will release text prediction software for Gulf Arabic this year, saying it would allow Siri, Alexa, and our other AI friends to begin speaking in Arabic, reports the National. Nizar Habash, head of the program at NYUAD, says that the programmers opted against using the fusha (classical Arabic) dialect, which is not commonly used in daily life — and would also probably make Siri sound like your high school Arabic teacher. The team opted instead for a more common Gulf Arabic dialect, which will remain impenetrable to all of us here in Egypt.

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