Alexa Will Second Guess You

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In an effort to make it’s home voice assistant Alexa more natural, a new skill has been added that will predict what you say next.  For example, if asked how long to brew a cup of tea, Alexa may answer and then ask if you would like to set a timer. 

Alexa software engineers Anjishnu Kumar and Anand Rathi blogged: “With a new machine learning system, Alexa can infer that an initial question implies a subsequent request.”

But this required “a number of sophisticated algorithms to detect latent goals, formulate them into actions that frequently span different skills and surface to to customers in a way doesn’t feel disruptive”.

Gadget website Pocket-lint founder Stuart Miles said if it worked well, it would be a great time-saver.

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