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Building natural conversation flows using context management in Amazon Lex

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Understanding the direction and context of an ever-evolving conversation is beneficial to building natural, human-like conversational interfaces. Being able to classify utterances as the conversation develops requires managing context across multiple turns. Consider a caller who asks their financial planner for insights regarding their monthly expenses: “What were my expenses this year?” They may also […]

Import AI 224: AI cracks the exaflop barrier; robots and COVID surveillance; gender bias in computer vision

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How robots get used for COVID surveillance:…’SeekNet’ lets University of Maryland use a robot to check people for symptoms…Researchers with the University of Maryland have built SeekNet, software to help them train robots to navigate a environment and intelligently visually inspect the people in it by navigating to get a good look at people, if they’re at first colluded. To...



Helping small businesses deliver personalized experiences with the Amazon Personalize extension for Magento

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This is a guest post by Jeff Finkelstein, founder of Customer Paradigm, a full-service interactive media firm and Magento solutions partner. Many small retailers use Magento, an open-source ecommerce platform, to create websites or mobile applications to sell their products online. Personalization is key to creating high-quality ecommerce experiences, but small businesses often lack access […]


Store output in custom Amazon S3 bucket and encrypt using AWS KMS for multi-page document processing with Amazon Textract

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Amazon Textract is a fully managed machine learning (ML) service that makes it easy to process documents at scale by automatically extracting printed text, handwriting, and other data from virtually any type of document. Amazon Textract goes beyond simple optical character recognition (OCR) to also identify the contents of fields in forms and information stored […]



Import AI 223: Why AI systems break; how robots influence employment; and tools to ‘detoxify’ language models

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UK Amazon competitor adds to its robots:…Ocado acquires Kindred…Ocado, the Amazon of the UK, has acquired robotics startup Kindred, which they’ll plan to use at their semi-automated warehouses.  “Ocado has made meaningful progress in developing the machine learning, computer vision and engineering systems required for the robotic picking solutions that are currently in production at our Customer Fulfilment Centre (“CFC”)...