Amazon goes big on AI in Boston

Amazon To Create 3,000 High Tech Jobs At Vancouver Tech Hub

Boston is among a list of 20 finalists to land Amazon's second headquarters, which would create about 50,000 new jobs and cost more than $5 billion. Dougherty spoke Monday in the bunker-like former Canada Post mailing center that's set to be re-developed to host Amazon's new 416,000-square-foot office.

The online retail giant uses its Boston base to focus on developing its digital assistant Alexa, as well as Amazon Web Services and audiobook seller Audible.

Regardless of whether it is selected, Boston is assured of new jobs at the 430,000 square-foot Tech Hub that will open in 2021.

"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston", said Rohit Prasad, Amazon vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa, in a press release.

City and state officials have shared few details of their HQ2 talks with Amazon, but have signaled little willingness to pony up the kind of massive subsidy package being offered by other contenders such as Maryland and New Jersey.

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"This project is a tremendous vote of confidence in our economy, and will be a welcome addition to Boston's growing and thriving workforce and business landscape", Walsh said in a statement. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have utilized the job-retraining programs globally.

Amazon will also build a new Vancouver-based office through a project that will begin in 2022 and create "state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees".

Amazon was recently ranked the fourth most desirable company to work in Canada by LinkedIn, as well as first on Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, second in Fortune's World Most Admired Companies, and first on The Harris Poll's Corporate Reputation survey. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

"It's no joke for any metro when Amazon comes in, especially in a mid-market city", says Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at real estate portal Zillow Group Inc., which calculates Seattle rental prices increased by 50 percent and home values almost doubled since Amazon's start as a bookseller in the mid-1990s.

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