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December 21, 2018

Rasool Fakoor

Personal memory retrieval systems are usually trained to do one thing then judged on their ability to do something else. Alexa scientists show how reinforcement learning lets them use the same criterion (F1 score) to both train and evaluate such systems.

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December 21, 2018

Kazushige Yoshida

12月14日(金)、15日(土)の2日間、東京・目黒のアマゾンジャパンオフィスにて「Alexa Dev Summit Tokyo 2018」が開催されました。 Alexaスキル開発について最新の情報が盛り込まれたセッション・ワークショップのほか、AVSやAmazon Payによるセッションも実施されました。   おかげさまで、両日とも会場は満員、熱気にあふれたイベントとなりました。 ご来場いただいた皆さま、本当にありがとうございました。 今回はご参加されなかった方へのご報告、また来場された方のおさらいも兼ねて、両日の内容をまとめていきたいと思います。

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December 20, 2018

Leo Ohannesian

Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is now integrated with three Amazon Web Services (AWS) tools to help you build and deploy Alexa skills faster and more reliably: AWS CodeStar, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CloudFormation.

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December 20, 2018

Cami Williams

Check out today's roundup of our top articles and resources from the year on how to make your Alexa skills visually rich.

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December 19, 2018

Lisa Mohanty

Echo Wall Clock

To illustrate how you can build your own Alexa Gadget, we will share how the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit was used to build Echo Wall Clock. Amazon built Echo Wall Clock for Echo device owners who enjoy using timers, alarms and reminders as a part of their daily routines.

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December 19, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

2018 has been a big year for Alexa, and as we look back we are humbled and inspired by what our Alexa developer community has done to make Alexa smarter, more useful, more fun, and more engaging for customers.

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December 18, 2018

Jaime Radwan

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start designing visual components to complement your voice-first Alexa skill.

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December 18, 2018

Sanchit Agarwal

A new parser that learns which words of an utterance belong together enables Alexa to handle multistep requests.

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December 17, 2018

Young-Bum Kim

Data representation schemes — such as "embeddings" — are a hot topic in machine learning. At this year's IEEE Spoken Language Technologies conference, Alexa scientists present a new representation scheme that cuts skill selection error rate by 40%.

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December 14, 2018

Pey Silvester

Starting today, developers can test live Alexa skills with the same toolset used to test skills during development.

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December 14, 2018

Drew Meyer

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Today, six new built in slot types along with the new AMAZON.NavigateHomeIntent are available in most Alexa locales. These can help you improve dialog models and the customer experience on devices with screens.

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December 13, 2018

June Lee

We are excited to announce that you can now add location services to your Alexa skills to provide customers with real-time responses based on their location.

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December 13, 2018

Amit Jotwani

We recently wrapped up AWS re:Invent 2018, where the Alexa team engaged with the largest gathering of global Amazon developers. Check out the recordings and resources from the breakout sessions.

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December 13, 2018

Brian Crum

We are excited to announce the Security Panel Controller API, enabling your customers to control their security systems via Alexa-enabled devices.

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December 13, 2018

Ankur Gandhe

New Alexa capabilities are often bootstrapped using "grammars", formal rules that can generate artificial training examples for machine learning systems. A new method for constructing statistical language models directly from grammars can improve speech recognition on new capabilities by up to 15%.

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