Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become a “horizontal enabling layer” influencing many of Amazon’s endeavors beyond the e-commerce giant’s Alexa virtual assistant, including its sire search and product recommendation capabilities and even its Prime Air drone delivery effort, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said at the Internet Association’s Gala2017 event, Geekwire reported on Saturday. “It is things like improved search results. Improved product recommendations for customers. Improved forecasting for inventory management. Literally hundreds of other things beneath the surface,” Bezos said, adding that Amazon is “determined” to make AI and machine learning capabilities accessible through its Amazon Web Services cloud unit to other companies that might not have the resources and expertise to develop those capabilities. Aside from Bezos’ comments, AFTVnews published leaked images of the upcoming touchscreen-equipped Amazon Echo. The publication said the new device is code-named “Knight” and is expected to be made available sometime later this month. Read more at Retail Dive.