Artificial intelligence in the form of computer code. Photo by:
Artificial intelligence in the form of computer code. Photo by:

Machine Learning, Vocal Recognition, and Conversational Interfaces

AWS re:Invent 2016 presented new products and services from Amazon Web Services.

During November 28 to December 2 guests traveled to Las Vegas to learn more about future trends in technology. AWS re:Invent works as a product release conference, as well as an informative short-term educative platform.


The event is creating more ways for people in the technology industry to acquire skills, and build upon the skill sets they currently have with seasoned professionals.

One of the emerging tracks in the tech industry that re:Invent covered was artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Amazon and Business Wire noted:

“Thousands of machine learning and deep learning experts across Amazon have been developing AI technologies for years to predict what customers might like to read, to drive efficiencies in our fulfillment centers through robotics and computer vision technologies, and to give customers our AI-powered virtual assistant, Alexa.” – Raju Gulabani, VP, Databases, Analytics, and AI, AWS

Amazon Web Services is an easy to use platform. I was able to sign up for a free account, and I will only be paying for services that I acquire and find relative to our business. They offer options within the artificial intelligence at AWS. The descriptions for Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly and Amazon Machine Learning were collected from the AWS main website.

  • Amazon Lex: Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. Lex provides the advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to recognize the intent of the text, to enable you to build applications with highly engaging user experiences and lifelike conversational interactions.
  • Amazon Polly: Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Polly lets you create applications that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Polly is an Amazon AI service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.
  • Amazon Machine Learning provides visualization tools and wizards that guide you through the process of creating machine learning (ML) models without having to learn complex ML algorithms and technology.

Watch over the video below featuring machine learning and artificial intelligence. Link up with additional videos from AWS re:Invent 2016 via their YouTube channel.

AWS re:Invent 2016: Machine Learning State of the Union Mini Con (MAC206)

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.