New AI feature coming to Amazon Alexa-powered Echo devices technology news

Alexa will soon be powered by a new LLM-powered generative AI model that adds additional ChatGPT-like capabilities to Alexa.

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Amazon on Wednesday announced its next generation of Echo and Fire TV devices with new features and capabilities. Additionally, the company confirmed that Alexa will soon be powered by a new LLM-powered generative AI model that adds additional ChatGPT-like capabilities to Alexa.

What makes it even more special is that the new AI-powered features will also be available for older Echo devices, including the first Alexa-powered device – the Echo Plus. Here are all the major AI features coming to an Alexa-powered device near you:

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rich conversation

To make your Alexa conversations more personal, the new AI model will use both verbal and non-verbal cues. Amazon also claims that it has reduced latency. Alexa will soon support rich conversations using various sensors located on Echo devices to deliver natural-sounding conversations. These responses will be the right length for the voice and provide the most relevant and up-to-date information.

Complex routines using voice search

The new Alexa LLM enables Echo devices to handle complex routines with just voice input. This includes, but is not limited to, announcing the kids’ bedtime, dimming the upstairs lights, turning on the porch light, and turning on the bedroom fan, all in one command. This is achieved by using LLM, which can integrate different APIs and process them intelligently like a human being.

Personalized information with context

The new Alexa LLM also enables Echo devices to serve more personalized content with context to add more value to information. Powered by LLM, Alexa will learn and get better over time. Alexa can now answer follow-up questions for hours, making it easier for users to get relevant information with additional context. It also now has an improved personality, where it can celebrate with you and even write a note to send to your friend or family on a specific occasion.

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First published: 21-09-2023 at 10:12 IST

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