Software Development Engineer - Alexa Personalization

Software Development Engineer - Alexa Personalization

March 28, 2017
March 28, 2017
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Software Development Engineer - Alexa Personalization

Job ID: 473527 | Amazon Corporate LLC


Alexa, the always ready, always responsive computer built in the cloud is changing how people interact with technology. By combining best-in-class far-field voice detection with natural language understanding, Alexa has opened the door for a next-generation intelligent assistant - and we’re just getting started.

Join us in making Alexa even smarter. Work on large-scale machine learning and recommendation systems to attune Alexa to the needs of her users. Help Alexa interact with her surroundings through internet-of-things and contextualize her responses.

We’re a passionate team of technologists who believe Alexa will change the way the world thinks of computing. Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

Quick Facts

Job Family:Development (Engineering)
Years of Experience:5+
Required Education:Bachelor's Degree
Required Field:Computer Science or related
Benefits:Medical, dental, vision plans, 401K
Perks:Stock options, casual dress code, central location, near public transit

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Amazon Alexa
Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon Lab126, made popular by the Amazon Echo.
Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo (shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by
Machine learning
Machine learning is the subfield of computer science that, according to Arthur Samuel in 1959, gives "computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed." Evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence, machine learning explores the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data – such algorithms overcome following strictly static program instructions by making data-driven predictions or decisions,:2 through building a model from sample inputs.
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Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo (shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by The device consists of a 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array.[1] The device connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name "Alexa". This "wake word" can be changed by the user to "Amazon", "Echo" or "Computer".[2][3] The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.

Amazon had been developing Echo inside its Lab126 offices in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Massachusetts since at least 2010 in confirmed reports. The device was part of Amazon’s first attempts to expand its device portfolio beyond the Kindle e-reader.[1] The Echo was prominently featured in Amazon's first-ever Super Bowl ad in 2016.[4]

Echo was initially limited to Amazon Prime members or by invitation, but became widely available in the United States on June 23, 2015.[5] Press speculated that it would make its Canadian debut in mid-to-late 2016, after Amazon posted job listings for developers for Alexa and co-hosted a hackathon in Toronto.[6] The Echo became available in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2016.[7][8] Additionally, the Alexa voice service is available to be added to other devices and other companies' devices and services are encouraged to connect to it.[9]


Seattle (Listeni/siˈætəl/) is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 684,451 residents as of 2015,[3] Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States[7] and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%.[8] The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015.[9]

The Seattle area was previously inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers.[10] Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, Oregon, on the schooner Exact at Alki Point on November 13, 1851.[11] The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late-19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region. In 1994, Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by almost 50,000 between 1990 and 2000.

Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District, to the Central District. The jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and others. Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock subgenre grunge.[12]

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This Morning sends households into chaos with Amazon Echo gaffe
  –  June 13, 2017
Susanna Reid admits she watches Love Island on This Morning Amanda Barrie speaks candidly about her age on This Morning Actress Amanda Barrie talks about her age on This Morning Holly Willoughby looks pretty in purple as she introduces This Morning Holly ...
You can now block calls and messages on Amazon Echo
  –  June 13, 2017
Amazon Echo’s calling and messaging feature is nice, but for those who want a little bit of control over who can contact them, it wasn’t always sweet. If they knew your contact details, they could call you. Of course, this phenomenon was true before ...
Tech Deals of the Day: Amazon Echo (Alexa) $139.99
  –  June 13, 2017
I’ve been searching the web for good deals since 5 a.m EST and the only decent one I could find is from Amazon, and it’s technically not a one day deal. Amazon Echo for just $139.99 well worth the price I love mine. Bestbuy doesn’t have any great ...
No VR for the Xbox One X, Amazon Echo gets call blocker feature
  –  June 13, 2017
In today's tech news, Microsoft's Xbox One X will not support virtual reality, Sony teases next year's Spider-Man game and Amazon finally adds call blocking to the Echo.
Amazon Adds Call, Message Blocking To Echo
  –  June 13, 2017
Calls and messages to the Amazon Echo can now be blocked. With an update for the system, users now have the "ability to block contacts from calling and messaging you." That feature was previously absent, leaving users with little control over the voice ...
Apple Started Manufacturing Amazon Echo Competitor
  –  June 13, 2017
Based on previous rumors, Apple is said to be manufacturing its very own smart speaker. While the Amazon Echo and Google Home can play music, they aren't considered to be high-quality speakers, so Apple could use improved sound quality as a differentiator ...
Apple to launch home speaker rival to Amazon Echo, Google Home
  –  June 13, 2017
It looks more and more like Apple will enter the smart speaker market soon, going head-to-head with Amazon and Google. The speaker will also reportedly be built by the same Taiwanese manufacturers that built Apple's popular AirPods. According to Bloomberg ...
Why Apple’s HomePod will not beat Amazon's Echo or Google's Assistant
  –  June 12, 2017
This is where the Amazon Echo shines. The word “Alexa” is enough to activate the smart home device, a more succinct, natural segue to instruction. The HomePod claims to be a smart and connected speaker but the price is a good $150 more expensive that ...
Amazon Echo just dropped to its lowest price of all time
  –  June 12, 2017
Apple’s new HomePod would be a pretty terrific smart speaker… if it had Alexa. There’s precious little question that Alexa is currently the best in the business when it comes to virtual personal assistants that power smart speakers. Amazon’s open ...
The 13 Best Commands and Hacks for Amazon Echo
  –  June 12, 2017
This week, Apple unveiled its HomePod speaker, which is expected to be a cutthroat Amazon Echo rival when it’s released in December even though it will be almost twice the price. But if Apple is serious about making the speaker competitive, it’d better ...
A Great Speaker for your Amazon Echo Dot
  –  June 12, 2017
I have two of the Amazon Echos and the built-in speaker of the full-size echo is decent for music playback. It won’t rock the house like the newly announced Apple Homepod, but it’s good enough for personal music enjoyment in most situations. Since I ...
No, You Can't Compare Apple HomePod to Amazon Echo or Sonos
  –  June 11, 2017
Siri will play a central role in all HomePod functions. But the Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features and trying to ideal them, rather than casting as wide a net as possible ...
Amazon Echo And Kindle Deals In Time Of Father's Day Available
  –  June 11, 2017
Amazon has put again many of its own devices on sale again. Amazon devices like the Kindle or Echo are great tech gifts for Father's Day, which is next Sunday. Amazon offers today the Amazon Echo for $40 off and the Amazon Tap is discounted by $30.
Amazon Echo, Google Home Devices Raise Privacy Questions
  –  June 11, 2017
Legal experts say Congress and the states need to step in to protect Americans' privacy rights from the proliferation of voice-activated personal assistant devices such as Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, after a murder case in Arkansas raised questions ...
Apple unveils HomePod to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home
  –  June 11, 2017
With the Homepod, Apple promises a newer and more efficient software for the speaker, as well as its other new products revealed at the conference. Unlike Amazon's new Echo Show, Apple's device does not have a screen. Tim Cook attends Apple's Wolrdwide ...
Tim Cook explains why Apple's HomePod is better than the Amazon Echo
  –  June 10, 2017
"We really believe it is going to take your home music experience to the next level", Apple chief executive Tim Cook said as he unveiled it. Apple also updated its MacBook laptops with faster processors. These giants are battling over still-emerging fields ...
Apple unveils HomePod Speaker, taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home
  –  June 10, 2017
Siri can do those things, too, but Apple's pitch for Siri-powered HomePod is instead focused heavily on music - the company appears to bank on consumers paying for smart speakers that deliver high-quality audio sound as a sort of gateway into the world of ...
Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Comparison
  –  June 10, 2017
The Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod don't run on magic, as much as Silicon Valley would like you to believe so. While rivals might be more quick-witted than Siri, Apple may at present have the capacity to dominate the competition among shoppers ...
Amazon Echo
  –  June 7, 2017
Amazon’s Echo is the core device against which you compare the others. With a price of $180, it offers all the “main” features you’d expect from a premium device. What Can You Do With the Echo? Of course, the Amazon Echo can process information out ...

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