Intelligent virtual assistant Alexa assisting NASA

Six tech-waves to help common man awaited

The intelligent virtual assistant Alexa from Amazon is helping the US space agency NASA organise daily tasks while making sense of intrinsic data-sets.

So, Alexa now has become a huge resource for users on matters related to space too. On Wednesday, it started answering users’ queries on the ‘Red Planet’ Mars too.

This expertise has not been suddenly developed in Alexa. It has been working painstakingly on NASA’s space and Mars projects. Amazon expects it to be the next big thing in technology and science.

Now, 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.

According to Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Alexa 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 cheaper way.

Alexa allows people too to build and run applications and services without thinking about provision, scale and management of any servers.

With this development in tech-space, six technology waves are awaited to create better solutions before technology could impact the common man.

These waves are New Habits (like Always Connected workplace, gaming);, Applied AI (Machine Learning, chatbots, automation, analytics), Ubiquitous Computing (mobile, smart devices, IoT, Augmented Reality), Cyber Security challenges (like Blockchain), Accelerated Computing (serverless, edge computing) and Software-Defined Everything (Networks, DevOps, Open Source and application programming interface or APIs, etc).

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