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We have three amazing kids. The youngest, Chloe, has been borrowing her big brothers’ tablets to watch movies. To avoid further conflicts, Santa decided to bring Chloe a tablet. Needless to say, she was ecstatic (and so were her brothers). Chloe is three, so this was a huge step in her independence as the little woman she is.

Chloe building a go kart with her brothers

Chloe is a very observant girl. She has seen her brothers talk to Alexa, ask questions, and command instructions. So, one of the first things Chloe asked her own Alexa was: “Alexa, play something I like.” As a 3-year-old girl, Chloe doesn’t know anything about the thousands of hours that took Amazon’s team to build Alexa’s impressive artificial intelligence (AI) engine. She also doesn’t know anything about machine learning, algorithms, or neural networks.

Chloe is a very observant girl. She has seen her brothers talk to Alexa, ask questions, and command instructions. So, one of the first things Chloe asked her own Alexa was: “Alexa, play something I like.” As a 3-year-old girl, Chloe doesn’t know anything about the thousands of hours that took Amazon’s team to build Alexa’s impressive artificial intelligence (AI) engine. She also doesn’t know anything about machine learning, algorithms, or neural networks.

It was 1913 when Henry Ford installed the first assembly line to manufacture its Model T. The assembly line was able to reduce the assembly time of the Model T from 12 hours to 2.5 hours (Figure 2). This was one of the very early successes in automation. Instead of manually moving parts and subassemblies of his cars from workstation to workstation, a conveyorized system would move the parts through the several stages of assembly. Instead of people, parts would move from point to point automatically.