Alexa, Amazon's faithful voice assistant, is enriched with new skills every day, but there is so much to learn that it would be impossible to do it just by being inside a speaker. According to Rohit Prasad, head of the Alexa division, a body is needed to increase the abilities of the artificial intelligence assistant.
During his speech at EmTech Digital AI, an event held at the MIT Technology Review Institute in San Francisco, Prasad raised the idea of introducing Alexa to the real world and making her act like a real human being. "The only way to make a smart assistant smart is to give it eyes and allow it to explore the world," the scientist said. The aim would therefore be to provide Alexa with a true physical form.
Although the idea may seem a little shocking, we are already closer to this possibility than you can imagine. In some cases, Alexa already has eyes, as some devices include at least one camera that the assistant can access, but a body would be a major advancement. Having said that, Prasad has not confirmed whether Amazon is already working on the project.
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According to the scientist, inserting Alexa in a body would allow her to collect more data about the surrounding world. As simple as it may seem, it would give the assistant a broader context on how humans interact with the world, which, in turn, would give him a better idea of how to provide information. Furthermore, the possibility cannot be ruled out that it will improve its ability to perform complex tasks that the human brain would find it difficult to process.
It has to be said that this idea is not new for Amazon. Already last year, Bloomberg reported that Amazon was working on a robot designed for home use in a project called Vesta. It is said that the giant of online commerce wanted to design a kind of robot capable of going around the house and doing household chores.
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