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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

How to Build an Alexa Skill

Another good example of what an Alexa skill means, both its abilities, its limitations and the underlying architecture.  Instructive even if you don't build one.    In VentureBeat:

" ... Who knew it would be an online retailer that would introduce one of the most exciting coding opportunities to come along in a while? With Amazon’s Alexa — the voice recognition software that powers Amazon.com’s physical devices Echo, Dot, and Tap — Bezos and Co. have given third parties the tools they need to expand what this technology can do.

Now, just about anybody with a rudimentary knowledge of coding — or anybody who’s willing to learn — can invent and publish add-ons for Alexa to make it an even more capable, competent household assistant.) ... " 

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