“I firmly believe that ambient computing is here to stay,” Amazon’s head of devices, Dave Limp, told The Verge in a recent article. Amazon is currently holding its Alexa Prize competition, a multimillion-dollar competition to build AI that can chat just like a human. This year’s eight teams know they face incredible challenges but the drive and passion, the ingenuity and creativity is there – and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. For technology to change, something has to galvanize research. For there to be a future in voice-based computing, someone has to be willing to try and fail, to meld together existing techniques and to think of something completely new.
As bright minds continue dreaming of ways to change AI, it will be interesting to see how the digital world changes.