At the 2016 Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, besides unveiling new updates to the cloud provider’s portfolio of services, CEO Andy Jassy also announced the first three services of the Amazon AI portfolio – clearly hinting that Amazon is making a big bet on next-generation technology.
AWS And AI
The new Amazon Rekognition platform enables developers to quickly and easily build applications that analyse images, and recognise faces, objects, and scenes. It uses deep learning technologies to automatically identify objects and scenes, such as vehicles, pets, or furniture, and provides a confidence score that lets developers tag images so that application users can search for specific images using keywords. With Amazon Rekognition, the user pays for the images they analyse and the face metadata they store. There are no minimum fees and there are no upfront commitments.
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Amazon Lex is a new service for building conversational interfaces using voice and text that is built on the same automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology and natural language understanding (NLU) that powers Amazon Alexa. Amazon Lex makes it easy to bring sophisticated, natural language capabilities to virtually any app. Developers can build and test conversational bots directly from the AWS Management Console.
Bots built using Amazon Lex can be used anywhere: from web applications, to chat and messenger apps like Slack and Facebook Messenger, or through voice in apps on mobile or connected devices. As a fully managed service, Lex scales automatically, so one does not need to worry about managing infrastructure.