Making an art collection browsable by voice

The venerable Art Institute of Chicago is now welcoming visitors again after being closed for much of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Amazon's Echo Show, however, the museum is always open, thanks to the Alexa skill Art Museum. Created using the Alexa Conversations dialogue management model, Art Museum allows people to browse more than 300 pieces of art from the institute's collection via voice commands.

Alexa Conversations, which today is now generally available to developers in the US, is the first deep learning-based dialogue manager available for development of voice skills. It uses artificial intelligence to help developers create natural, human-like voice exchanges, bridging the gap between experiences that could be built manually and the wide range of possible interactions that might happen organically.

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