E-commerce giant Amazon held its AI event focused on Machine learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space – re:MARS – from June 4 to June 7 in Las Vegas. At the event, CEO Amazon Worldwide Consumer, Jeff Wilke and other key leaders at the company got on the stage for the keynote. Here’s a look at the key highlights of Amazon‘s re:MARS event:
- The company’s Prime Air’s new drone delivery design was unveiled at the re:MARS Conference. Speaking about the drone on his blog, Wilke said, ” We’ve been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. And, with the help of our world-class fulfilment and delivery network, we expect to scale Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, delivering packages via drone to customers within months.”
- Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist, Alexa, announced Alexa Conversations at the keynote of Amazon’s re:MARS event. With this deep learning-based approach, developers will be able to create natural voice experiences on Alexa with less effort, fewer lines of code, and less training data than ever before. Besides this, he also showcased how the feature will enable customers to speak more naturally to Alexa. The digital assistant will also be able to plan a night out for its customers. This feature will initially be made available only to select US customers soon.
- Brad Porter, VP and Distinguished Engineer of Robotics at Amazon, unveiled the company’s new Pegasus Drive Sortation solution. The solution leverages the core technology of Amazon Robotics storage floors and helps in transporting individual packages to various destinations. The company has claimed that using this technology, the number of miss sorts can be reduced by 50% over its other sortation solutions.
- The company also introduced StyleSnap, a feature on the Amazon App which enables customers to shop for apparel juts by taking a screenshot of clothes that they like. With this feature, they will be able to find clothes that are similar to the one in the screenshot.
- Dilip Kumar, Vice President of Amazon Go, also spoke on the keynote about the ‘Just Walk Out Technology’ that is used in Amazon Go.
- Jenny Freshwater, Director Forecasting and Capacity Planning, Amazon, spoke about how we use AI to power forecasting, which is also the foundation of the e-commerce giant’s supply chain.
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