Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s senior vice president, said the new features could keep memories going during the pandemic when many people have lost loved ones.
MicrosoftThere are similar systems, but recently Microsoft has restricted the system. The original intention of Microsoft’s system is to help those with language barriers or other troubles, but there are concerns that perpetrators may use the system to spread false political information. Amazon’s original intentions are different, and it hopes that the new feature will make Alexa help shoppers.
Another Amazon executive revealed that Alexa currently has 100 million customers worldwide, a number that is in line with Alexa device sales. In January 2019, Alexa devices officially went on sale.
Prasad explained that the goal of Alexa is to become a general intelligence, which can adapt to the environment where the user is located, and can learn new concepts with only a small amount of external information; but Alexa intelligence is different from omniscient and omnipotent general artificial intelligence. To be confused, what DeepMind and OpenAI are after is artificial general intelligence.
Amazon also demonstrated new features at the conference. In a video, a child asks Alexa if she can read “The Wizard of Oz” in her grandmother’s voice. Alexa confirms the command, modifies the voice, and then reads it at a gentle pace that is indistinguishable from a real person, with no mechanical feel. (Xinghai)