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Global Business School & Research Centre

Webinar on “Building Engaging Voice Experiences with Alexa”

Thursday, January 30, 2020 |Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth’s Global Business School & Research Centre, Tathawade |Seminar

In this modern age, the advancement of technology has helped in shaping the innovative ideas of human beings into realities. Artificial intelligence is one of them. Looking at this need of the time, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth’s Global Business School & Research Centre, Tathawade, Pune has conducted a Webinar on 31st Jan 2020. Artificial intelligence is an area of Computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and reacts like human beings. Artificial Intelligence has already started to take over everyday operational tasks. In the future, it is also said to take over many cognitive jobs, leaving organizations perplexed about how to scale their people to manage and thrive amidst this disruption. Alexa is a virtual digital assistant developed by Amazon for its Amazon Echo and Echo Dot line of computing devices. Alexa's capabilities mimic those of other intelligent assistants such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant etc. Alexa responds to voice control by returning information on products (on Amazon of course), music, news, weather, sports and more. The back-end engine for Amazon's Alexa runs on Amazon Web Services in the cloud, enabling Alexa to learn an individual or family's preferences and expand its functionality over time. Students have learnt about how Alexa works and we also learned about its privacy concerns too. The Webinar was well received by more than 120 students of MBA II Sem students. Alexa gets its name from the ancient library of Alexandria, and it can be activated by first saying a trigger word (either "Alexa" by default or "Echo," "Amazon" or "Computer," based on the individual's preferences), followed by individual's query or request. Alexa uses natural language interpretation to process and act upon requests. In addition to returning information, Alexa also enables Echo devices to function as smart home hubs that can control Internet of Things connected devices like smart lights, thermostats, and electronics. Beyond its built-in capabilities, Alexa offers more than 3,000 "Skills" from Amazon and third-party developers that users can add to extend Alexa's functionality, including one for IFTTT, which can help coordinate and automate interaction between other connected devices. Alexa is created to send short query and request information following being triggered, but it is always listening in the background for its trigger word.