Amazon Is Humiliating Google & Apple In The AI Wars – Forbes

Amazon's Alexa Vs. Google Assistant. Head-to-head. Image credit: Jay McGregor

Amazon’s Alexa Vs. Google Assistant. Head-to-head. Image credit: Jay McGregor

Amazon’s strategy to make Alexa available absolutely everywhere on every device ever created will give it the advantage it needs in the upcoming AI wars.

The news that Amazon is making its AI technology available in the UK to third party developers (it’s been available to US devs since 2015) is another nail in the coffin for rivals.

Amazon has already deeply embedded its AI into the UK’s national psyche with round-the-clock adverts over the Christmas period. And it worked, sales look good and even my non-techy older family members are riveted by the assistant. Now, it’s delving further into our lives by latching on to other devices we use regularly like a virtual barnacle.

It is, frankly, a brilliant strategy. Launching Alexa Voice Services in the UK means endless opportunities to have a fully fledged personal assistant in any device with a speaker, microphone and internet connection.

It adds another dimension smart home products, or any other non-smart device. You car, for example, would hugely benefit from voice commands to play music, take notes or control smart devices back at home. Add to that your fridge, lights, cooker, kettle, TV and whatever else that can be ‘Alexa’d’.

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This is the first step on the road to having a fully AI controlled home. Futurists – and fantasists – have long dreamed about a Jarvis style assistant that controls every aspect of your home, and, by extension, life. It’s the stuff of practically every cyber-punk dystopian concept ever imagined.

But, in reality, when you buy most products from separate companies, having one harmonious ‘controller’ isn’t that simple. Amazon clearly wants to sidestep that problem by distributing its technology (that other companies don’t have the resources to develop) to other device it doesn’t manufacturer itself. For the third party companies that incorporate Alexa into their devices, their products a powerful, additional feature that’s already extremely popular. Smart.

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