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Amazon opens up Alexa voice and text tech for developers to make new chatbots!

Amazon Alexa has been booming up the smart-home industry with it’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) based product, Echo for few years now. And now, the company is looking forward to compete with it’s AI technology with successful giants like Siri(Apple) and Google Assistant

Amazon is giving out the same technology that Alexa is based on to the developers by it’s new platform, Amazon Lex. 

The platform (Lex) provides advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to understand and comprehend the human intention and developers being able to build applications over the same!

They’re focusing their goals on understanding human intentions {(how they respond and interpret) to certain conversations} and build responsive conversational bots (“chatbots”) through the same platform!

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Let’s get real, Developing and building such AI technology requires HUGE amount of data to be stored, processed, and decoded and delivered to Lex to understand humans (lol) on a massive scale!

The cool thing about having this running as a service in the cloud instead of in your own data center or on your own desktop is that we can make Lex better continuously by the millions of customers that are using it – Vogels on Amazon Lex

Amazon has sold an approximated 10 Million Echo devices as of now, Google and Apple still are the top players with the 100s of millions of devices running on their voice assistants!

Amazon Lex
An example of Amazon Lex’s integration can look like

Developers and Lex

Lex gives all the resources to the developers to build and integrate new chatbots based on Alexa’s technology.
Amazon isn’t completely open sourcing Alexa’s tech, they’re trying to reach out to developers app and enhance their own technology!

Amazon will be charging developers depending on how many API call requests they make (on text and voice requests). These queries will be stored in Amazon’s cloud to provide more intelligence and data to Alexa for it’s development!

Amazon Lex Pricing
Amazon Lex Pricing

Read more about Amazon Lex Pricing here

Some of the Key Features of Amazon Lex are :

  • High Quality Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding
  • Multi-turn conversations
  • Utility Prompts
  • Integration with AWS Lambda
  • Connect to Enterprise Systems
  • One-click Deployment to Multiple Platforms
  • Powerful Lifecycle Management Capabilities
  • Intent Chaining

You can read more about the Key Features on Amazon Lex’s Product Details

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Sanket Maheshwari

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  1. Rachel Alford April 27, 2017
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