Amazon is building ChatGPT-like chatbots for Alexa: How will this change your smart home experience

AI-based voice assistants are still in their rudimentary stage where they can only do a specific set of tasks and are not proactive. That is about to change, at least for Alexa.

  • Published: May 8, 2023 6:53 PM IST


  • Amazon is planning to integrate an advanced chatbot into Alexa.
  • Amazon is building its large language models for Alexa.
  • Alexa is not capable of answering complex queries currently.
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Generative AI is transforming the way queries are getting answered in web searches. Generative AI can create and compose answers and chat in natural languages. AI-based voice assistants are still in their rudimentary stage where they can only do a specific set of tasks and are not proactive and engaging in conversation. But this scenario for AI-based voice assistants will soon change. Amazon is planning to integrate an advanced chatbot into Alexa, as per The Verge based on Insider’s report. Also Read - LinkedIn introduces ID Verification feature in India: Here's how it works

Soon Amazon will be able to create imaginative stories and include real-life elements in the stories using Echo Show’s camera. However, to achieve this capability, unlike Microsoft, which relies on OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4, Amazon is developing its own large language model. Also Read - Microsoft Edge gets support for Workspaces with the latest update

During the company’s conference call about its first-quarter earnings Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said, “We’ve had a large language model underneath it. But we’re building one that’s much larger, and much more generalized, and capable.” Also Read - Microsoft announces new accessibility features for Xbox: Here’s what’s new

Amazon’s large language model is called Alexa Teacher Model but a spokesperson of the company in a comment to GeekWire said, “We’re also building new models that are much larger and much more generalized and capable, which will take what already is the world’s best personal assistant and accelerate our path to being even more proactive and conversational.”

So, how the new upgrades in Amazon’s Alexa will change the smart speaker experience for you?

How will Amazon’s generative Generative AI-powered Alexa impact you?

Generative AI-powered Alexa will be much more capable than its current version. It would be capable of doing much more than simple tasks like playing music or setting a timer.

It will understand what you are saying and will answer you just like a normal person. New Alexa will be capable of thinking rather than fetching answers from the database.

An example from the leaked document accessed by the Insider shows if a user asks Alexa, “Alexa, find that HBO or Netflix show where rich people go on vacation to Sicily or Hawaii.” Alexa figures out the show is The White Lotus, and then the user wants to know the cast, Alexa then obliges.


  • Published Date: May 8, 2023 6:53 PM IST
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