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Amazon Lex, managed AI services behind Alexa, now open to all AWS customers - TechRepublic

Developers now have a new way to bring conversational capabilities to their apps: Amazon Lex, the artificial intelligence (AI) service used to create applications that can interact with users via voice and text, is now available to all Amazon Web ...and more »

Amazon opens up Alexa voice and text tech for developers to make new chatbots - Ars Technica

Amazon's Alexa has executed a surprise takeover of the smart home industry since the launch of the Echo a few years ago, but now the company is opening up Alexa's technology for other applications. According to a report from Reuters, Amazon is giving ...and more »

AWS launches Redshift Spectrum, which lets users query data in S3 - VentureBeat

At the AWS Summit in San Francisco today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Redshift Spectrum, an extension of AWS' Redshift managed data warehousing service that enables querying on data that sits ...and more »

This quote perfectly sums up why Oracle should be terrified of Amazon - Business Insider

Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison has always liked to talk smack about his rivals and lately the rival getting the brunt of his attention is Amazon. Every chance he gets, Ellison will claim running a database on Amazon's cloud is much ...and more »

AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use - The Register

Amazon's AWS infrastructure boss has slapped down Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd after the latter boasted that Big Red needs fewer data centers because its systems are, apparently, twice as good. Writing on his personal blog this week, James Hamilton, an ...and more »

AWS introduces Amazon Redshift Spectrum to enable users to run analytic queries in Amazon S3 - CTR

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company announced Wednesday Amazon Redshift Spectrum, a new feature that allows Amazon Redshift customers to run SQL queries against exabytes of their data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). With ...and more »

Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers - TechCrunch

Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition ...and more »

The pain in your chest? That'll be Big Tech's AI arrow of love - The Register

If you couldn't feel the love this week, you're lacking a heart. Tech firms threw AI code and services at devs in a further attempt to secede and ultimately tie them into their respective ways of talking to machines. Facebook open-sourced its Caffe2 ...and more »

New goodies for AWS customers include database accelerators and the tech behind Alexa - GeekWire

AWS CEO Andy Jassy. Amazon Web Services trotted out a host of new features Wednesday for its industry-leading public cloud service, and couldn't resist taking a veiled shot at its legacy IT competitors. All in all, Amazon made 13 separate announcements ...and more »

With the release of Amazon Lex, AWS asks: Developers, can you build me a chatbot? - GeekWire

Now that Amazon Web Services has made public its Amazon Lex technology, which makes Alexa fetch another case of LaCroix from Amazon Prime at your command, it's issuing a challenge: build the next great chatbot. AWS is dangling cash prizes, credits for ...and more »