Amazon Puts Generative AI at Its Core, Says CEO Andy Jassy.
In line with major tech giants, Amazon is honing its focus on generative artificial intelligence (AI). On a recent earnings call, CEO Andy Jassy highlighted that every branch of Amazon is diving deep into multiple generative AI projects.
“Our teams across Amazon are actively developing generative AI applications aimed at reimagining and amplifying the customer experience,” Jassy emphasized. He added, “While we have a hand in creating numerous such applications, we expect a major chunk to be constructed by external companies, with a hopeful majority leveraging [Amazon Web Services]. The essence of AI hinges on data. The aim is to align generative AI models to the data rather than vice versa.”
Jassy pointed out the tools and infrastructure offered by AWS that are designed to bolster the creation of generative AI apps, as cited by The Verge. An example is AWS’s CodeWhisperer system, which enhances developers’ efficiency by recommending code snippets directly in their editing space.
Regarding how Amazon envisions utilizing generative AI for direct customer interactions, Jassy remained somewhat discreet but underscored the technology’s pivotal role in the company’s trajectory.
These initiatives, he said, “span from enhancing cost-effectiveness in our operational processes to being integral to every customer interaction we facilitate. This is reflected across our retail, AWS, advertising, and device sectors. The potential integrations with Alexa are particularly intriguing. The same goes for our entertainment sectors. Generative AI is shaping up to be central to our mission, and our commitment to it is profound.”
Speculations suggest that Amazon’s upcoming device launch on September 20th may shed more light on its consumer-centric generative AI endeavors. An array of Alexa-enabled products is anticipated. Given the strides made by tech players like Google and Microsoft in generative AI chatbot systems, it wouldn’t be surprising if Amazon introduced a similar offering on its platform.