that it has improved its Alexa digital assistant using Machine Learning technology. Amazon says that the digital assistant can now guess at what a user’s latent goals are. These are the goals that a user hopes to achieve during a conversation but are not stated expressly by him or her. Amazon has an example; if someone asks Alexa “How long does it take to steep tea?” the goal could be to set a timer for steeping a cup of tea.
With the improvement to Alexa, the assistant might now respond to the question by stating, “Five minutes is a good place to start,” and then …