Photo shows the new versions of New Amazon's devices presented at HQ2 de Amazon headquerter in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 20 September 2023. EFE/ Octavio Guzman

Amazon moves towards human conversation in new product upgrades

Arlington, United States, Sep 20 (EFE).- Creating more interactive, conversational, intelligent, and adaptable devices for each person thanks to artificial intelligence. That is the goal of Amazon, which presented some new products on Wednesday at an event at its headquarters in Virginia.

USA9117. ARLINGTON (UNITED STATES), 09/20/2023.- Photograph of Amazon's Echo Hub, created especially for a control through Alexa of compatible connected devices, presented at Amazon's HQ2 building today, in Arlington, Virginia (USA). EFE/ Octavio Guzman

Among them, a new generation of its Echo Sound 8 device, new versions of the Fire TV Stick smart controller, and a new device, the Echo Hub, a Digital Home dashboard with Alexa, specially created for simple and intuitive control of compatible connected devices.

One of the main new features, as explained in the presentation by Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon, is the inclusion in Alexa of a generative artificial intelligence system with large linguistic models (LLM) that will make interacting with Alexa as “natural” and “human” as possible.

“We will show a smarter, more conversational Alexa,” Limp said of this new capability built into a feature called “Let’s Chat,” powered by generative artificial intelligence and designed to make its voice assistant more conversational on its Echo devices.

“Thanks to this, you can now have almost human-like conversations with Alexa,” he said.

In addition to having a less robotic voice, Alexa keeps the conversation going, and you don’t have to address her by name in every sentence. These new features will currently only be available in English.

At a time when content-generating programs such as ChatGPT are revolutionizing the way we interact with technology, Amazon is looking to integrate artificial intelligence into the home.

Among the new features is a new generation of Echo Show 8 that boasts a unique design with a glass cover and curvatures and an improved processor that offers “even faster” screen responses than the previous generation.

In addition, Echo Show 8 offers a better audio experience and adds space-adaptive technology that automatically analyzes room acoustics. It also features a 13-megapixel central camera.

Amazon also unveiled the second generation of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, with ambient background, and the new Fire TV Stick 4K, two devices that make TVs “smarter and more useful.” The Max version is also the industry’s first streaming device to include support for Wi-Fi 6E.

In its goal to make the home a place where artificial intelligence is embedded, Amazon has shown Echo Hub, a new wall-mountable control box created especially for Alexa control of compatible connected devices.

“It is easy to install and features a slim touchscreen, customizable dashboard that allows users to group and manage digital home devices, arm a security system, start a routine, organize widgets, and view multiple snapshots of compatible cameras at the same time,” Amazon said in a statement. EFE