Date
12 December 2017
AWS chief executive Andy Jassy unveils a bunch of new artificial intelligence tools at the company's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Photo: Amazon
AWS chief executive Andy Jassy unveils a bunch of new artificial intelligence tools at the company's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Photo: Amazon

Amazon unveils new cloud artificial intelligence tools

Amazon Web Services chief executive Andy Jassy announced a bunch of new artificial intelligence tools with features that recognize people and other content in videos, convert recorded audio into text, and understand the meaning of text.

The cloud computing giant is also introducing a service for translating text into different languages.

The new AI tools unveiled at the company’s re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday include:

- Amazon Rekognition Video, a tool to recognize and track people in real-time video feeds, giving it certain advantages over video recognition tools from cloud rivals Google and Microsoft.

- Amazon Transcribe, a system that transcribes audio recordings of people speaking into grammatically correct text.

- Amazon Comprehend, a service that can pick up positive or negative sentiments and certain people, places and phrases in text.

- Amazon Translate, a service for translating text from one language into another, which Google has provided to developers for years.

“We have to solve the problem of making [AI] accessible for everyday developers and scientists,” Jassy told an audience that exceeded 40,000.

There are more than 100 services on offer in Amazon’s market-leading cloud business, Jassy told CNBC in an interview earlier this week.

The company also rolled out the new SageMaker service, which makes it easier for designers to deploy AI models, and a US$250 high-definition AI-powered camera.

“Amazon SageMaker is an easy way to train and deploy machine learning models for everyday developers,” Jassy said.

The high-definition DeepLens camera, on the other hand, will make it easier for developers to test and develop new vision-based AI functionality such as recognizing text characters that appear in a video stream.

The device, while helping developers learn how to work with artificial intelligence, also helps accelerate the adoption of the company’s AI services.

AWS is also planning to launch Alexa for Business Platform, along with a set of initial partners that have developed specific skills or apps for business customers, CNBC reported.

The new tools will make it easier for people to use Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant in the workplace. They can also help people get connected to teleconferences or add data to enterprise-focused sales programs.

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