Tag: Amazon Remars 2019

Amazon sends Alexa developers on quest for ‘holy grail of voice science’

At Amazon’s re:Mars conference last week, the company rolled out Alexa Conversations in preview. Conversations is a module within the Alexa Skills Kit that stitches together Alexa voice apps into experiences that help you accomplish complex tasks. Alexa Conversations may be Amazon’s most intriguing and substantial pitch to voice developers in years. Conversations will make […]

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Telerobotic hands and fingers become your avatar at Amazon re:MARS

Sometimes robots replace human workers, but other times they augment those workers instead. At Amazon’s re:MARS 2019 conference, a quartet of companies showed off a set of telerobotic arms and hands that let a human operator “feel” what the robot hands were touching. The idea is that the robotic limbs and digits become essentially an […]

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AI Weekly: Amazon’s robots could cut delivery times, but eliminate jobs

Today marked the end of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS in Las Vegas, where roughly 3,000 engineers, academics, programmers, astronauts, artists, entrepreneurs, and NBA players from over 40 countries gathered to glean insight from luminaries in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and space travel. It didn’t disappoint with respect to sheer breadth of content: roughly 100 breakout […]

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Amazon trains Scout with highly accurate recreations of real-world neighborhoods

Amazon in January took the wraps off of Scout, an autonomous delivery drone that’s today ferrying goods to homes in Snohomish County, Washington, near Seattle’s King County. And this morning during a session at the company’s inaugural re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Hao Chen, senior principal engineer of Scout, detailed a few of the simulation […]

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Jeff Bezos: Blue Origin is going to the moon to ‘save the Earth’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his other company, Blue Origin, is going to the moon to “save the Earth.” The idea is that moving more of humanity into space could be part of a long-term strategy to protect the Earth. “To do big things in space, we need to use in-space resources, and so the […]

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Zoox CEO explains what makes the company’s self-driving cars better: four-wheel steering, big batteries, AI

Aicha Evans, CEO of Foster City, California-based Zoox, spoke during a keynote about the challenges facing self-driving cars and the promise they might hold if those challenges are overcome. And for the first time, she detailed a few of the hardware and software stacks underlying the company’s custom-designed vehicle platform — stacks which in part […]

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Amazon credits AI-driven enhancements and mathematical optimizations for Locker growth

At breakout session during Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Samyukta Sethuraman, a senior research scientist at the Seattle company’s cross-disciplinary AI team, gave an update on Amazon Locker, Amazon’s self-service parcel delivery service. She revealed that Locker usage is growing at a steady clip, and that thanks to machine learning, it’s becoming both more […]

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Intel’s Naveen Rao thinks AI will transform health, solve world hunger, and support space travel

During a wide-ranging discussion at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager of AI at Intel, spoke about machine learning’s rapid progress and the fields it might transform, in addition to the steps he believes must be taken to ensure it’s not abused. Rao compared the advent of […]

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Amazon Go uses synthetic data to train cashierless store algorithms

Amazon shared more details today about Amazon Go, the company’s brand for its cashierless stores, including the use of synthetic data to intentionally introduce errors to its computer vision system. Challenges that had to be addressed before opening stores to kill queues include the need to make vision systems that account for sunlight that streams […]

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Amazon’s StyleSnap uses AI to let you shop looks from magazines, social media, and more

Every wish you could shop the look on Amazon? Soon, you’ll be able to do just that thanks to the Seattle company’s forthcoming StyleSnap feature, which suggests styles from screenshots and pics of magazines, websites, or social media posts. It launched for select users on iOS and Android in April and will soon be available […]

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Amazon’s new Prime Air drone promises to deliver packages in under 30 minutes

During a Wednesday keynote address at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, the Seattle company announced a slew of features for its existing products and previewed new services to come. One of those it touched on was Prime Air: Amazon said that in the coming months, a newly designed, and completely autonomous Prime Air drone […]

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Amazon debuts Alexa Conversations for seamless multi-turn interactions

Amazon today introduced Alexa Conversations in developer preview, a deep learning-based way to make Alexa skills with visuals and multi-turn dialogue. Conversations shrinks the lines of code necessary to create voice apps down from 5,500 to 1,700 lines of code, Amazon VP and head scientist for Alexa Rohit Prasad said today at the Amazon re:Mars […]

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Amazon’s Pegasus fulfillment center robot improves sorting accuracy by 50%

During the second keynote address at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, the Seattle company announced new robotics products heading to its hundreds of fuilfillment centers around the world. Brad Porter, head of robotics at Amazon, said the company’s been deploying a robotic palletizer for the better part of this year; it’s now lifted over […]

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Amazon’s re:MARS opening keynote featured autonomous acrobats and Robert Downey Jr.

Amazon kicked off its inaugural re:MARS conference with a bang Tuesday night in front of a packed ballroom of attendees. At the Aria in Las Vegas yesterday, Amazon senior vice president of devices and services Dave Limp headlined the first keynote alongside Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert and Disney Research’s Morgan Pope and Tony Dohl, […]

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