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Amazon Went Wide with Alexa; Now it's Going Deep

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Emergent Insight: We don't need to choose if artificial intelligence will influence our daily decisions. And tech giant Amazon is making certain it is embedded everywhere according to Seth Colaner at VentureBeat. The good news is that the devices around us are becoming more helpful and proactive which makes our lives easier. The bad news is that practically our every movement and choice is being converted into data that can be mined by, well, tech giants like Amazon. With the pandemic forcing many people to shift daily life indoors and at home leaving a long digital trail of personal information individual security is tenuous.


Amazon refreshes Echo lineup with new custom chip

ZDNet

Amazon on Thursday unveiled a refreshed lineup of Amazon Echo smart speakers, featuring a new, custom chip that will help the AI-powered assistant Alexa respond to commands more quickly. The new devices also include a new design and new features for kids. Amazon also unveiled the Echo Show 10, a smart speaker with a screen that can follow you as you move throughout a room. "In processing, milliseconds matter," Miriam Daniel, VP of Amazon Echo, said during a virtual event hosted by Amazon's Devices and Services team. "Imagine asking Alexa to turn on the light, and there's a slight delay," she explained.


Amazon's Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you're thinking

The Guardian

Amazon says its AI voice assistant Alexa can now guess what you might be thinking of – or what you've forgotten. At an event in Seattle on Thursday, the technology company unveiled a new feature called Alexa Hunches that aims to replicate human curiosity and insight using artificial intelligence. "We've reached a point with deep neural networks and machine learning that we can actually program intuition," said Daniel Rausch, the vice-president in charge of Alexa's smart home features. Once it is activated later this year, Alexa Hunches will observe its owners' interactions with connected smart home devices like locks, lights and electricity outlets. When Alexa believes it has detected a regular pattern, such as turning off a television set before bed, the voice assistant will remind owners if they forget to do it, and offer to fix the problem.


Amazon's Alexa gets a new brain on Echo, becomes smarter via AI and aims for ambience

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Amazon is making Alexa smarter with natural turn-taking, having conversations with multiple people, natural language understanding, and the ability to be taught by customers. The first target is the smart home, but Alexa for Business is also likely to follow. Also: When is Prime Day 2020? The Alexa overhaul and artificial intelligence improvements were outlined as Amazon launched its latest batch of Echo devices. Amazon's new Echo devices are evolving to be more smart home edge computing devices.


Amazon Alexa set for 7inch touchscreen 'Knight' upgrade

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is set to give its Echo speaker a radical overhaul - and a screen. According to CNET, Amazon will reveal the new Echo device, codenamed'Knight' next month. Earlier this week it introduced Echo Look, a'style assistant' smart camera priced at $200. According to CNET, Amazon will reveal the new Echo device, codenamed'Knight' next month. Earlier this week it introduced Echo Look, a'style assistant' smart camera priced at $200.