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Amazon's Echo: The Present and Future of Alexa // Donn Morrill, Amazon [FirstMark's Hardwired NYC]


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Donn Morrill is the Senior Manager of Solutions Architecture for Amazon's Alexa (Echo) team. He joined FirstMark's Hardwired NYC to share insights on the ongoing development of Alexa, the architecture underpinning this 'sleeper hit' from Amazon, and gave a peek into the future of a voice-controlled, artificial intelligence-driven future, powered by the Alexa Voice Service.

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

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Hardwired NYC is a monthly event in New York covering the intersection of hardware and software (Internet of Things, 3D printing, robotics, etc.), hosted by Matt Turck, partner at FirstMark. Learn more at

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Amazon's Echo: The Present and Future of Alexa // Donn Morrill, Amazon [FirstMark's Hardwired NYC]

  1. 1. Donn Morrill (@PktAces) Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture
  2. 2. The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Design News, April 2015 “ ”
  3. 3. MEET THE ALEXA FAMILY Echo Echo Dot Tap Fire TV
  4. 4. WHAT CAN ALEXA DO?  Constantly improving ASR / NLU engine  Music, News, Sports, Weather, Information  Timers/Alarms, To Do/Shopping Lists, Calendar  Smart home control  Local business information  Over 500 third-party skills  New features continually added
  5. 5. DEMO
  6. 6. Create Great Content: ASK is how you connect to your consumer THE ALEXA ECOSYSTEM Supported by two powerful frameworks ALEXA VOICE SERVICE Unparalleled Distribution: AVS allow your content to be everywhere Lives In The Cloud Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) Natural Language Understanding (NLU) Always Improving ALEXA SKILLS KIT
  9. 9. TRENDS & OBSERVATIONS  Make it open - Make it free  Discovery and search suck – voice can help  Don’t pretend you know how customers will use it  Voice and smart home – better together  Simple is hard
  10. 10. Amazon Confidential – 3/10/2016 OPPORTUNITY & CHALLENGE
  11. 11. QUESTIONS?