You: “Alexa, I'm looking for a job where I can build products straight out of science fiction.”
Alexa: “I have found matching jobs for you in the Alexa Knowledge team in Cambridge, UK. What role are you looking for?”
You: “I'd like to work on making you even smarter than you are today.”
Alexa: “Wonderful. There are multiple roles in Cambridge where you can do that, here are the details … “
Our focus in the Alexa Knowledge team combines natural language understanding, acquiring large volumes of structured knowledge, and building autonomous machine reasoning to allow our customers to get answers to their questions in the most natural way possible. We're part of a huge research and engineering effort on the Amazon Alexa team.
We've solved many complex problems to get to where we are today, but there are still plenty of challenges ahead of us, and Alexa is getting smarter every day. The problems we solve in the Alexa Knowledge team in Cambridge help Alexa get smarter by understanding the different ways people talk, by learning more and more facts about the world, by improving her common sense reasoning and by responding in the most natural way possible in multiple languages.
We set out to build Alexa at Amazon because we believe that voice will fundamentally improve the way people will interact with technology, and we wanted to create a computer in the cloud that could be controlled entirely by your voice.
On the Knowledge Extraction team, we are constantly making Alexa smarter by enabling her to learn about what's going on in the world. We believe that the information to answer (almost) every question can be found somewhere on the internet, and not just in encyclopedia. Our goal is to teach Alexa how to read a wider range of texts and learn about the world as she reads them.
This will require methods that lie beyond the cutting edge academic and industrial research of today, at internet-level scale. Your role is to design these methods and work with the engineers on the team to bring them to the millions of customers who use Alexa every day.