Jeff Bezos: Amazon Echo is just the ‘beginning of a golden era’

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that we’re at the “beginning of a golden era” when it comes to machine learning and artificial intelligence.  “It’s hard to overstate how much of an impact it’s going to have over the next 20 years,” he said on stage at Vox’s Media’s Code Conference on Tuesday night.  But it’s still really early.  Not only is it the first inning, “it might even be the first guy up at bat,” he laughed.   Amazon currently sells a voice-controlled smart speaker called Echo that’s powered by its artificial intelligence assistant, Alexa.  Right now, Alexa can help users do things like order groceries, play music, or make to-do lists. Amazon makes Alexa’s operating systems open to developers and Bezos says that the company is…


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