Amazon’s Alexa is getting smarter about sports — Just in time for the NFL season, Amazon has been stuffing Alexa full of sports knowledge. It can tell you the odds of the next NFL game and give you an update on your favorite teams. In the near future, Alexa will be able to give fantasy football fans updates on their players, and alert users when their teams are about to take the field.
Sports-related questions have become some of the most popular ones to ask Alexa in recent years, Jason Semine, principal product manager for sports information on Amazon’s Alexa team, said in an email.
Business Insider reports that the Alexa team has also been working to ensure that the intelligent assistant is able to respond to questions about sports events as they happen and to understand the context of particular inquiries.
“Our long-term goal is for Alexa to understand and be able to answer all questions, in all forms, from anywhere in the world.”
As you see, Amazon wants Alexa to be everywhere and to know everything. This is what having big goals means.
In recent weeks, Amazon has added a slew of new sports-related features to Alexa. Among them:
- Answers to an assortment of trivia-related questions relating to sports history, records and statistics.
- Updates on the latest injuries and transactions involving individual players or teams.
- Predictions on who will win upcoming games, including the latest betting line.
But more importantly, Amazon will be more and more in your home, inserting the need in your life to ask all types of questions to their smart assistant, emphasis in sportswhich unites (or divides) us, but certainly always requires some data in the conversation. Pretty smart if you ask me.
Happy Sunday, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.