The team of developers behind the likes of Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant have set out to create new skill sets and products as based on the AI technology.
Amazon’s Ted Karczewski has taken to the company’s blog to announce a series of new products and features which will be based on Alexa.
As Amazon has partnered up with the technology company Intel so as to work and develop Alexa, the AI assistant will be further improving.
The Artificial Intelligence or AI assistant will be receiving new skill sets just as Amazon is releasing a new software development kit or an SDK.
The new SDK will work as a reference design which should come help manufacturers better incorporate video and voice services into their products.
Alexa will also be receiving an improved voice command system as it will be receiving new skills. The system will be initially configured so as to recognize 15 command categories, which were titled “intents”.
The intents are controlled through voice inquiries and will initially be available only in the United States of America.
The new skill sets will be useful to both the system’s users as well as to its developers. By pre-introducing the new intents and slots, interested developers will gain time with the assistant’s skill building.
As such, Amazon will have both simplified the building and created more space and time for the development of new features.
Based on the users’ questions to Alexa, the Amazon developers will take down the AI system’s understanding and response to the respective inquiries.
The makers’ goal is to create an easier to use and at the same time smarter system. As such, Alexa should come to offer better, more situation-appropriate responses.
The appropriate responses should also come to be delivered in a more natural sounding manner.
By reshaping and better understanding the question, the intelligent AI should come lose its “unnatural language” responses.
This should also come to further ensure Alexa’s learning capabilities as it should be able to offer more complex solutions. It should also translate into new skills besides the available skill sets.
As such, Amazon’s Alexa should come to be able to set an alarm, add a calendar appointment, offer local weather information, or why not, even tell a joke.
These are just a few of the case appropriate skills which Alexa should come to develop or improve thanks to the new skill sets.
Interested users will be able to download and activate the new features for the system’s Marketplace, with the original number already being well over the hundreds mark.
By increasing the number of skill sets, Alexa should also offer faster responses. This would be based on the fact that the AI Assistant should ask less question as it would better understand the inquiry.
Currently, there are about 3,200 available skills sets, and the aforementioned Karczewski is hoping for more.
As stated in his blog post, both Amazon and Intel are confident that such a technology will be beneficial to its users.
They are also encouraging new users to turn in and start experiencing the Alexa advantages. They also point out that new users may mean new situations.
This, in turn, would mark new skills and a smarter AI system in general.
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