Amazon is optimizing the Alexa voice assistant's conversational and response capabilities. So the future, users no longer need to repeatedly clarify their own problems, and then to get the answer you want. Alexa initially qualified for 15 command sets, or "intentions". Common intentions include stop, cancel, yes or no. Alexa's command programming also includes "slot", which is similar to the traditional data types.
Examples of "slots" include date, data, city, time, and so on. Depending on the issue or request, Amazon will expand the user's "intention". Therefore, if the user queries the weather, then Alexa can understand the various elements of the weather and attributes, and users usually query the weather.
Users can find, download and activate skills through the Alexa skills market. Initially this platform has about 100 kinds of skills. At present, this figure has increased to more than 5000. Skills similar to mobile applications, but only through the voice interaction with Alexa, Alexa need to use the command set and vocabulary, and get the output from Alexa. The end result may be a joke, setting the alarm, lighting up the smart lightbulb, adding appointments to the schedule, and providing local weather forecasts.
The next few weeks, Amazon plans to give Alexa skills package to add hundreds of commands, slots and intentions, and the first to the US market. The Alexa skills package contains the tools developers use to develop skills. Through the introduction of new slots and intentions, Amazon will simplify the development of skills to help developers save time.
In order to enhance the ability of Alexa to understand and respond to user requests, Amazon will track the user's question how to propose, thereby strengthening Alexa's natural language processing capabilities. The goal is to help users more easily get the appropriate response, and Alexa can take the appropriate action, and users do not have to use "unnatural language" to issue the request.
If Alexa's skills are easier to develop and better respond to users' natural language requests, the number of such skills will be more and more users will use more Alexa.