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While everyone is busy playing songs and giving voice commands to Amazon Alexa, the amazing voice assistant developed by Amazon is utilized by the US space agency, NASA, to organize their data-centric tasks efficiently.

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA,Tom Soderstrom, said “If you have Alexa-controlled Amazon Echo smart speaker at home, tell her to enable the ‘NASA Mars’ app. Once done, ask Alexa anything about the Red Planet and she will come back with all the right answers. This enables serverless computing where we don’t need to build for scale but for real-life work cases and get the desired results in a much cheaper way. Remember that voice as a platform is poised to give 10 times faster results. It is kind of a virtual helpdesk. Alexa doesn’t need to know where the data is stored or what the passwords are to access that data. She scans and quickly provides us what we need. The only challenge now is to figure out how to communicate better with digital assistants and chatbots to make voice a more powerful medium,” emphasized Soderstrom.

Serverless computing gives developers the flexibility of deploying and running applications and services without thinking about scale or server management. AWS is the market leader in providing fully-managed infrastructure services, helping organizations to focus more on product development.

Alexa, for example, can help JPL (federally-funded research and development centre, managed for NASA) employees scan through 400,000 sub-contracts and get the requested copy of the contract from the data-set right on the desktop in a jiffy.

JPL has also integrated conference rooms with Alexa and IoT sensors which helps them solve queries quickly.

One of the JPL executives also stressed on the fact that AI is not going to take away the human jobs by saying “ AI will transform industries ranging from healthcare to retail and e-commerce and auto and transportation. Sectors that won’t embrace AI will be left behind, Humans are 80 percent effective and machines are also 80 percent effective. When you bring them together, they’re nearly 95 percent effective”

Hence, voice controlled AI- powered digital assistants are here to stay empowering Digital Transformation.

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