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Amazon Alexa: building AI at scale

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  • UserDavid Hardcastle, Senior Manager, Software Development, Amazon
  • ClockTuesday 08 November 2016, 13:15-14:15
  • HouseFW26, Computer Laboratory.

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A few years ago, Amazon set out to build the Star Trek computer. Today, we’ve launched Amazon Alexa in three countries, and millions of customers use Alexa every day. At the start, the technology we needed didn’t exist, so we had to invent it. In this talk, I’ll tell you about some of the NLP and AI challenges we’ve had to solve. I’ll also explain how Alexa’s far-field voice technology has unlocked a new way for our customers to interact with services, from Amazon and third parties, via the AWS cloud. I’ll bring an Amazon Echo, so that I can demonstrate Alexa and you can have a go for yourself. I’ll also bring some of the team, so you can find out what it’s like to work as a scientist or engineer at Amazon’s Cambridge development centre.

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