Amazon wants us all to stop talking to its Alexa voice assistant so much and get on with dwelling our lives.
Tom Taylor, senior vp of Alexa, stated “it may surprise you” that Amazon wants you to speak to Alexa much less.
“We believe that the future of consumer technology is ambient intelligence, which uses AI to weave together devices and intelligent services,” Taylor stated on the Web Summit tech convention in Lisbon. “This isn’t just more connected devices. It’s about adding intelligence throughout the system to make the devices better.”
The tech giants are all making an attempt to enhance their AI assistants so that they’ll anticipate what people need and when they need it.
“It’s there when you need it and recedes into the background when you don’t,” Taylor stated in reference to a future model of Alexa. Indeed, he stated this is able to be the “next big leap forward” for expertise inside and out of doors the house.
“Ultimately this means that you’ll reach for your phone a little bit less and you’re talking to Alexa less,” Taylor added. “It means you’re spending more time looking up at the world and the people in it.”
Amazon has already launched Alexa Routines, which allows folks to program Echo and different Alexa-enabled units to carry out sure actions at sure instances. For instance, turning off the thermostat when everybody leaves the home, or turning on native information when the alarm goes off within the morning.
These routines may also be triggered by sounds, comparable to a child crying, and Amazon is introducing different triggers — together with visible ones — in accordance to Taylor. In September, Amazon launched Ring customized occasion alerts that can be utilized to open a storage door when a package deal arrives, for instance.
“With this ambient intelligence all around you, increasingly you don’t have to ask Alexa to do these tasks around your house,” he stated.
Amazon expects there to be plenty of completely different AI assistants sooner or later, performing completely different roles in numerous contexts. An rising variety of automobile corporations and retailers will use Amazon’s instruments to develop their very own clever assistants, for instance, in accordance to Taylor.
When Amazon launched Alexa seven years in the past, it was in a position to just do 13 comparatively easy duties like enjoying music. Today, there are greater than 130,000 Alexa abilities, Taylor stated, including that individuals work together with Alexa billions of instances every week.