Citing a document, a report from Business Insider (via The Verge) said that Amazon will rely on an indigenously developed LLM to power a newer and more capable Alexa.
Amazon calls its LLM the Alexa Teacher Model, but a company spokesperson echoed Jassy’s comments, saying Amazon is building larger “more generalized and skilled” LLMs to make Alexa “more proactive and conversational.”
The spokesperson also said that Alexa has been using the teacher model for several years.
Alexa to be more conversational
Amazon reportedly wants Alexa to think instead of “pulling from a database.” In a section of the document, titled “Alexa LLM Entertainment Use Cases”, it is suggested that the new AI system will help Alexa make media recommendations, news delivery and storytelling more conversational.
There’s an example in the document where if a user asks, “Alexa, find out if HBO or Netflix is showing where rich people go on vacation to Sicily or Hawaii,” Alexa finds out that the show is ‘The White Lotus’. If a user asks what the cast is, Alexa responds with the name of the cast.
In an example related to FireTV, when a user asks Alexa about the HBO subscription price after the trial period, Alexa tells the price and even asks if the user wants to subscribe (through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels).