When David Limp thinks about the future of Alexa, the AI assistant he oversees at Amazon, he imagines a world not unlike Star Trek—a future in which you could be anywhere, asking anything, and an ambient computer would be there to fulfill your every need.
“Imagine a world in the not-so-distant future where you could have infinite computing power and infinite storage,” Limp said today at WIRED’s 2017 Business Conference in New York. “If you take off the constrains of servers and building up infrastructure, what could you do?”
Limp sees Alexa as a critical part of this future. Already, you can shout “Hey, Alexa,” and get the assistant to tell you the weather forecast, turn off the lights, hail an Uber, or thousands of other things that Amazon and developers have trained it to do.