Amazon today introduced Alexa Conversations in developer preview, a deep learning-based way to make Alexa skills with visuals and multi-turn dialogue. Conversations shrinks the lines of code necessary to create voice apps down from 5,500 to 1,700 lines of code, Amazon VP and head scientist for Alexa Rohit Prasad said today at the Amazon re:Mars conference in Las Vegas.
This reduction can lead to a conversation that takes 40 individual interactions and commands folding into one that only takes about a dozen. Developers supply things like API access and a list of entities the API has access to, like movie or restaurant names, and then Conversations can handle the rest.
Multi-turn conversations with Alexa have been available for some time, but is designed