Published on January 11, 2024, 3:16 pm

Amazon Unveils Generative Ai For Enhanced Alexa Experience At Ces 2024

AI Takes Center Stage at CES 2024 with Amazon’s Generative AI for Alexa

The AI revolution continues to make waves at this year’s CES 2024 tech expo in Las Vegas, and one of the major players embracing this trend is Amazon. The tech giant has unveiled its plans to integrate generative AI into its products and services, with a special focus on enhancing the capabilities of its voice assistant, Alexa.

During Amazon’s September 2023 device event, the company made it clear that it had big plans for Alexa. It announced the introduction of a new large language model (LLM) for the voice assistant, along with tools designed to streamline the development of conversational experiences using generative AI.

Now, Amazon is taking the next step by bringing developer-built AI apps to Alexa. These apps will leverage Alexa’s upgraded LLM to provide users with enhanced experiences. And the best part? You can start using these new features right away by downloading them from the Amazon Alexa Skill Store.

One such app is Character.ai, an integrated chatbot that adds an element of playfulness to your interactions with Alexa. With Character.ai, you can have conversations with a wide range of characters and personas for information or just for fun. Imagine having an inspiring chat with a personal trainer or getting book recommendations from Librarian Linda, an AI bookworm. And if you’re in the mood for an intellectual conversation, Character.ai can even generate AI versions of historical figures like William Shakespeare and Socrates.

But there’s more to Alexa’s new generative AI capabilities than just chatbot fun. Amazon has also collaborated with Splash, an AI music-creation software, to enhance your music experience on Alexa. With Splash Music, you can create custom songs using only your voice and aim for a coveted Record of the Year Grammy award. Simply say “Alexa, open Splash Music” on your Echo device to get started.

Once in the app, you can test your music production skills by experimenting with various genres like pop, rock, and electronic. You can even ask Alexa to generate specific types of songs like a classic rock indie folk track. Add lyrics, sing along with your generated song, and request a mobile link from Alexa to download your masterpiece.

And when you need a break from being a music producer extraordinaire, Alexa’s new AI voice game has got your back. Developed in collaboration with Volley, an AI voice-game creator, “Volley’s 20 Questions” is a modern twist on the classic guessing game. To start playing this fun Alexa skill on your Echo device, simply say “Alexa, open Volley Games.”

The game allows for a natural conversation between you and the AI Riddlemaster. Just ask questions like “Is it an animal?” and listen as the voice assistant provides yes or no answers and offers hints if you get stuck. According to Max Child, CEO of Volley, this integration marks a significant milestone in gaming.

With Amazon’s latest developments in generative AI for Alexa, users can enjoy more interactive and engaging experiences through chatbots like Character.ai, create their own music using Splash Music, and have fun playing games like Volley’s 20 Questions. As the AI revolution continues to unfold,
we eagerly anticipate what groundbreaking advancements are yet to come for generative AI and virtual assistants like Alexa.

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