AWS lauds its AI assistant, looks to space

  • AWS kicked off its event with a heavy AI bias

  • CEO Adam Selipsky talked up its new Q AI assistant

  • The company is also looking to connect data centers securely with its LEO satellite network

Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked off its annual re:Invent 2023 conference in Las Vegas talking up – surprise! – new applications enabled by its artificial intelligence (AI) models, an agreement to help telecom operators accelerate their journey from "telco to tech-co," and private networking in space.

AWS CEO Adam Selipsky kicked off the event in the glitter gulch with his usual morning keynote. Much like Microsoft's recent launch of its Copilot AI assistant, the AWS conference was largely focused on the business uses of AI with applications like its new Amazon Q AI assistant. [Ed note: Does it seem like these new AI apps want to, er, storm the capitol or something?]

"Your data is your differentiator," Selipsky said from the stage.

Amazon Q help workers track down data in corporate systems faster using simple natural language queries. Like other big players in the AI field, AWS is prioritizing an interface that will do as much of the heavy lifting and data crunching as possible with AI.

"This is just the start of how we're going to revolutionize the future of work," Selipsky said.

In a recent AWS survey, 92% of telco leaders said they were highly likely to implement generative AI chatbots in the coming year. New features in Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Personalize, Amazon Lex and more will help telcos derive value from generative AI in contact centers.

Further on the telco tip, Amazon announced an agreement with cloud communications platform Alianza aimed at transforming how service providers deliver and make money out of voice and cloud services. The deal is already in place in North America and being used by wireline providers such as Lumen and Brightspeed.

Data centers in space?

During his keynote, Selipsky also announced that the Bezos-backed Project Kuiper low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation will offer private networking capabilities in partnership with AWS, giving commercial and government customers more flexibility, security and control over their data.

This builds on the existing work between the two groups at Amazon, with Project Kuiper connecting its ground infrastructure to AWS data centers and using AWS services to scale its software-defined network.

Project Kuiper, AWS said, promises government and commercial customers private connectivity to AWS from anywhere.

Re:Invent runs through the end of this week, and we'll continue bringing you the biggest headlines and key takeaways from the event. Stay tuned! 

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