Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is looking to students to help it grow the skill set of its smart assistant Alexa. According to a Reuters report, the Seattle-based company is paying for a year of doctoral fellowships for research related to expanding Alexa’s capabilities. The members of the Alexa Fund, as the program is known, are Carnegie Mellon, John Hopkins, University of Southern California and University of Waterloo. The Reuters report quotes Douglas Booms, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide corporate development, as saying that the company wants Alexa to be a “great sandbox” for students.
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