Amazon.com Unveils New Artificial Intelligence-Based Offerings

Amazon.com has debuted new services to help coders create applications using its artificial intelligence capabilities, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The company’s cloud-computing unit, Amazon Web Services, unveiled the offerings at its annual conference in Las Vegas, the report said.

Amazon Rekognition will let software developers write programs that detect the number of people in a photo, spot their gender and identify objects, the report said. It can also match faces, which could be useful in comparing two images to confirm a person’s identity.

The company also launched Amazon Polly, which converts text to speech. Another new offering, Amazon LEX, will provide access to the Alexa artificial-intelligence service that runs on the company’s Echo device.

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