Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will soon receive a major update to integrate ChatGPT-type generative artificial intelligence. However, the launch will be limited to the United States for now.
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Amazon just announced a big update for its Alexa voice assistant, since it joins the new era of generative artificial intelligence. The web giant said it has developed its own large language model (LLM), optimized to accomplish all the tasks usually assigned to the voice assistant, and much more.
The goal is to make interactions more intuitive. For example, if you tell Alexa that you are cold, the AI will know to raise the temperature thanks to your connected thermostat. It will also be possible to combine different requests, or to create an Alexa routine entirely by voice. In addition, on Echo devices equipped with a camera, it will no longer even be necessary to call Alexa. It will now be enough to look in the direction of the device while saying your request.
Demo video of the new version of Alexa. In English, enable automatic translation of subtitles. ©Amazon
A restricted launch and only in the United States
The new model is multilingual and multimodal, combining computer vision, natural language and pattern recognition. And unlike ChatGPT, it has access to information in real time. Additionally, the assistant would be able to recognize tone of voice and infer users’ emotions, and respond in a similar tone. In an interview with VentureBeatRohit Prasad, head of the generative AI development team at Amazon, indicated that Alexa had become a “ super agent “. He emphasized that the voice assistant was not a simple chatbot in a browser like ChatGPT, and was capable of performing real-world tasks for users.
However, don’t try to have a conversation with Alexa right away. The new version of the assistant will only be available in the United States in the coming months, and only by invitation…
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