Alexa simply obtained an AI makeover

Alexa just got an AI makeover

Lauren Good: When was the final time you used an Alexa widget?

Michael Calore: I’d say it was a couple of weeks in the past with my Sonos.

Lauren Good: Oh, proper, the previous Sonos Alexa integration.

Michael Calore: Sure.

Lauren Good: What did you ask that?

Michael Calore: I requested him to activate KCRW, my favourite NPR station.

Lauren Good: How did Alexa reply?

Michael Calore: He gave me precisely what I used to be asking for, which was type of stunning.

Lauren Good: huh. Properly, what if I advised you that Alexa is now coming into your public AI chat?

Michael Calore: I’d say I am not shocked, however it additionally fills me with a number of questions like, are hallucinations going to begin popping out of the speaker now?

Lauren Good: I am sorry. I do not perceive your question.

Michael Calore: Oh boy.

Lauren Good: Let me make it as much as you with one thing although.

Michael warmth: Oh boy.

Lauren Good:We must always speak about this.

Michael Calor: Let’s do it.

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Lauren Good: Hey all. Welcome to Gadget Lab. I am Lauren Goode. I am a senior author at WIRED.

Michael Calor:And I am Michael Calore. I am a senior editor at WIRED.

Lauren Good: And becoming a member of us this week is WIRED senior author Will Knight, who’s on Zoom from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Will, welcome again to the lab.

Will Knight: Welcome. Thanks for having me.

Lauren Good: So, Will, I’ve to cite this quote out of your latest story on WIRED, simply to get began. “In case you ask Alexa how the Purple Sox did and so they simply misplaced, I’ll reply in a sympathetic tone,” Rohit Prasad, who leads AI growth at Amazon, advised you this week. Sure. One, woe, that is probably the most Massachusetts assertion ever. I am glad you are our roving correspondent on the bottom on the market within the land of the Massachusetts folks. Secondly, it just about sums up the most important change Alexa is getting. So, inform us about this, what occurred at Amazon’s annual product occasion earlier this week?

Will Knight: sure I agree. They introduced, as you talked about, that Alexa shall be utilizing generative AI, one among these massive language fashions, which we have heard lots about, that goes into ChatGPT. Amazon has been type of quiet concerning the language mannequin, however it seems they have been engaged on placing this into Alexa, which is, because it additionally says, a reasonably apparent transfer. Whereas we now have ChatGPT that may do all these superb issues, having voice assistants that solely reply to 1 or two instructions is type of lame. And now Alexa will attempt to do extra sophisticated issues forwards and backwards and so they’re making an attempt to construct issues on high of that, just like the ringtone concerning the Purple Sox, which I’ve to confess, I do not know in the event that they’ve misplaced each single factor.

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