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Microsoft's Hummingbird app uses AI to be your news editor
December 14, 2018

Microsoft’s new curatorial news app aims to cut through the deluge with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Hummingbird, which was first spotted by Android Police, has quietly launched on Android in some countries. It’s a straightforward affair. After signing in with a Microsoft account, you’re instructed to create a personalized feed by selecting from categories such as Entertainment, Politics, and Science and Tech, and...

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Alexa researchers' AI training technique improves speech recognition up to 15%
December 14, 2018

Thanks to a newly developed AI training method, Amazon’s Alexa assistant could become noticeably better at recognizing speech in new domains than it is currently. In a blog post published on the Alexa Blog this morning, Ankur Gandhe, a speech scientist in the Alexa Speech group, describes an artificially intelligent (AI) system that reduces recognition errors by up to 15 percent, partly by calculating the probability that specific grammar...

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Pypestream raises $15 million for conversational enterprise AI
December 13, 2018

Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage. Case in point? In a recent survey, 15 percent of U.S. adults said they’d used a chatbot to interact with a company this year. Be that as it may, such systems can be difficult to design and maintain if you don’t have the data science chops. And with the demand for AI experts expected to soar 28 percent by 2020, according to IBM, finding the necessary talent is not going to get...

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Tata: 46% of organizations surveyed have adopted some form of AI
December 13, 2018

Almost half of businesses have adopted some form of artificial intelligence (AI) and 43 percent of corporate “decision makers” see it as having a significant impact on their bottom lines. That’s according to market research firm Tata Communications, which today published The Cycle of Progress, a bi-annual survey of 1,600 employees from organizations with over 250 employees that aims to assess the “power and potential” of technology...

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MIT's AI can reproduce images of objects in poorly lit scenes
December 13, 2018

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can isolate small, nearly transparent imperfections in poorly lit images in order to reproduce objects. A blog post published by MIT News today describes a deep neural network — layered mathematical functions loosely mimicking the behavior of neurons in the brain — that can erase target artifacts from grainy...

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Latticework raises $13 million for Amber, a privacy-conscious NAS device
December 13, 2018

It seems nary a week goes by without a breach that compromises millions of personal files. On Monday, Google revealed that it will shut down its social network, Google+, months earlier than initially planned after the profiles of tens of millions were inadvertently exposed. In September, Facebook revealed that hackers had gained access to data belonging to 50 million people. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. The problem is...

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Microsoft and National Geographic announce winners of AI for Earth Innovation Grant
December 12, 2018

Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, which kicked off in June 2017, has provided cloud-based tools and AI services to dozens of organizations “working to protect our planet,” in the words of Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. It’s committed to investing $50 million over the next four years to fund AI development across five key areas — agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, climate change, and water. Today, at...

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Alexa now automatically detects and recovers from comprehension errors
December 9, 2018

Amazon’s Alexa is becoming more responsive, knowledgeable, and contextually aware. In a blog post ahead of an invited talk at the NeurIPS 2018 conference in Montreal, Ruhi Sarikaya, director of applied science at Alexa AI, detailed the progress Amazon’s made in the field of conversational artificial intelligence (AI) throughout the course of the year, and a few of the recent improvements it’s rolled out to Alexa-enabled smart speakers,...

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Amazon Go cashierless stores are coming to airports
December 8, 2018

(Reuters) — Amazon.com is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy. The move underscores how a company that started as an online bookseller is making forays into brick-and-mortar retail to capture a greater share of shoppers’ spending. For months, the world’s largest...

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Google Assistant will prioritize briefs over longform audio news
December 7, 2018

Despite new features coming virtually every week for Google Assistant and Alexa, the most popular ways people use AI assistants are fairly consistent: to play music, set timers, check the weather, and hear the news. And how assistants share the news is changing. Google announced today a new project and format for listening to the news. With the new format, when people say “Play the news,” Google Assistant will play up to eight news...

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