Amazon To Open 2 Israeli R&D Centers To Develop Alexa Voice Shopping

By Sue Surkes, Times of Israel October 03, 2017 Comments

This article was first published by The Times of Israel and was re-posted with permission.

The online shopping giant Amazon announced Monday that it will set up a research and development team in Israel to further improve its Alexa Voice Shopping system which allows shoppers to speak their order into a machine rather than typing it into a computer.

Two centers will be set up — in Tel Aviv and the northern coastal city of Haifa — employing a total of 100 workers, the business daily The Marker reported.

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Amazon is currently seeking scientists, developers, engineers and production managers for the new locations.

Amazon recently employed former Microsoft Israel development director and board member Eyal Itah to head up the development of Alexa Voice Shopping, The Marker reported.

Yoelle Maarek, who formerly directed research at Yahoo, has been taken on as international deputy president for research. Part of her job will be to find additional researchers.

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