AWS comes out swinging with AI services

LAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence just may be the new battleground in the cloud. At its re:Invent conference today, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy announced three artificial intelligence (A.I.) services that will be available to enterprise users this year, with more expected in 2017. The three services being rolled out are Amazon Rekognition for image recognition; Amazon Polly for text-to-speech services; and Amazon Lex, the technology inside its smart device Alexa, offering speech recognition services. Now enterprise AWS customers can use A.I. to, for example, search for images that show a mountain next to a lake, or a city with specific architecture. With A.I. growing in interest and acceptance, more companies will be looking to use the technology to better compete. It could be an important offering for AWS,…

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