Thursday, December 01, 2016

Amazon is bringing Alexa’s brainpower to its cloud business - Recode

A cloud platform AI battle of attrition
"Here are the new Amazon tools available to developers:
  • Amazon Lex is for building conversational interfaces with the same voice recognition behind Alexa, the voice-enabled AI that lives inside the Echo speaker. Essentially, Lex allows developers to build advanced chatbots using Amazon’s artificial intelligence.
  • Then there’s Amazon Polly. Polly is a text-to-speech recognition service that reads in a natural sounding voice. It supports 47 different voices in 23 languages.
  • Finally, Amazon shared its new Rekognition service, which uses deep learning to recognize faces, objects and scenes. According to Amazon, Rekognition can detect someone’s facial expression (happy or distressed, for example), can count how many people are in a picture and even discern objects within an image, like a couch in a photo of a living room.
Both Microsoft and Google have been offering this kind of image analysis for over a year, reported Fortune."
Amazon is bringing Alexa’s brainpower to its cloud business - Recode
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