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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Value of Alexa Assistants placed Everywhere

Certainly seems they are.  You can make a good argument that Google and Microsoft have better AI in their labs.   But is it ultimately the quality of intelligence that is most important,  or just that you have a little box in so many places, ready for being adapted to purpose by an army of developers, using open source capabilities?  Buying intelligence as you need it.  How will MS, Apple and Google ... or Samsung or Baidu catch up?   Of course, as emphasized by Microsoft this week, the intelligent cloud will drive this as well.

Why Amazon is putting Alexa everywhere

The head of Amazon’s Alexa business explains why the company is investing heavily in voice services for manufacturers of various device types.   In CIO:   By Matt Kapko

NEW ORLEANS -- Amazon has quickly built a commanding lead on voice-enabled digital assistants, but the company’s vision for bringing Alexa to connected devices as diverse as light switches, automobiles and household appliances is just getting underway. Amazon’s plans for Alexa are more widespread than any device category or the constraints of Amazon’s own hardware aspirations, Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said at last week’s Collision conference.

“We have this vision of Alexa everywhere,” he said. “We can’t do it all ourselves. There’s no way we’re going to build every smart home device and every wearable… so we opened that up.” Voice-controlled technology is a “significant new interface that humans will use. It’s very convenient and it makes hard things simple.”  .... " 

For links to all my coverage of virtual assistants.

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