13 February 2018
Amazon is reportedly working on custom AI-powered chips for Alexa in a bid to make it faster. The report is coming from The Information which suggests that Amazon is looking forward to taking on competitors Google and Amazon in an efficient way.
At the moment, Alexa relies on cloud-based servers for understanding queries and delivering relevant answers. The whole process takes some time as it includes fetching the query from the user, sending it to the cloud, and responding to the user based on the information shared by servers. This is the reason Amazon is now seeking opting for custom AI-powered chips to make the process snappier by removing the reliance on servers.
With the use of the AI-powered chip, Alexa will be able to process of all the queries itself which will reduce the number of steps involved in delivering relevant information or answers. While the difference in response time might not appear to be a huge one, it would surely prove to be a significant one to those who interact with Alexa more often than not.
The report does not go into many details but it is safe to assume that Amazon would be partnering with some third-party chipmaker for these custom AI-powered chips. There are no words on the availability of the release either and as you would expect, Amazon has not commented on the matter yet.