Alexa gets a body

Alexa needs a robot body to escape the confines of today's AI

Publication Title
MIT Technology Review
Publication/Creation Date
March 26 2019
Will Knight (creator)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (contributor)
Rohit Prasad (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Rohit Prasad, head of Alexa's artificial intelligence at Amazon, discussed the limits of AI assistants at the EmTech Digital conference. He argues that providing smart assistants with the ability to see and explore the world around it will enable it to properly understand how to respond to queries. 

"The reason Alexa gets tripped up, Prasad said, is that the words we use contain more power and meaning than we often realize. Every time you say something to another person, that person must use preexisting understanding of the world to construct the meaning of what you are saying. “Language is complicated and ambiguous by definition,” he said in an interview before the conference. “Reasoning and context have to come in.”"
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body
Marketing Keywords
Amazon Alexa, Amazon, EmTech 2019

Date archived
April 23 2019
Last edited
June 13 2019
How to cite this entry
Will Knight. (March 26 2019). "Alexa needs a robot body to escape the confines of today's AI". MIT Technology Review. MIT Technology Review. Fabric of Digital Life.