Happenings
  • Stanford institute calls for $120 billion investment in U.S. AI ecosystem

    Oct 23, 2019

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  • Evolution of Speech Recognition Technology

    Oct 22, 2019

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  • Health leaders ramp up AI investments as confidence in the technology grows

    Oct 10, 2019

    Administrative process improvements top the list of investment priorities, led by technologies to help automate business processes like administrative tasks or customer service.

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  • Artificial Intelligence Could Be a $14 Trillion Boon to the Global Economy—If It Can Overcome These Obstacles

    Oct 9, 2019

    Global growth is stalling. Trade wars are hammering manufacturers, from Shanghai to Stuttgart to Seattle. But, awful as today’s economic outlook appears, Industry 4.0 is alive and well, its most ardent backers say.

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  • Microsoft's AI generates high-quality talking heads from audio

    Oct 7, 2019

    A growing body of research suggests that the facial movements of almost anyone can be synced to audio clips of speech, given a sufficiently large corpus. In June, applied scientists at Samsung detailed an end-to-end model capable of animating the eyebrows, mouth, and eyelashes, and cheeks in a person’s headshot. Only a few weeks later, Udacity revealed a system that automatically generates standup lecture videos from audio narration.

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  • Toronto's Pearson airport to use AI-powered technology to detect weapons

    Oct 2, 2019

    Canada’s busiest airport will soon be using artificial intelligence-powered technology to detect weapons. The operator of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport says it has agreed to test the new system developed at an Ivy League American university and marketed by a B.C. company. Vancouver-based Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. says the technology, known as Hexwave, can detect both metallic and non-metallic weapons ranging from guns and knives to explosives.

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  • Speech and Voice Recognition Market Worth $26.79 Billion by 2025

    Oct 1, 2019

    According to a new market research report “Speech and Voice Recognition Market by Type (Speech and Voice Recognition), End User (Automotive, Healthcare, BFSI, Education, Legal), Technology (Artificial Intelligence and Non-Artificial Intelligence), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2025”, published by Meticulous Research®, the global speech and voice recognition market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.2% from 2019 to reach $26.79 billion by 2025.

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  • AI needs patients' voices in order to revolutionize health care

    Sep 30, 2019

    Patients’ stories — what doctors call patient histories — are the bedrock of medicine. “Listen to your patient; they are telling you the diagnosis,” an aphorism attributed to Dr. William Osler, the founder of modern medicine, still holds true today. The disappearance of patients’ stories from electronic health records could be one reason that artificial intelligence and machine learning have so far failed to deliver their promised revolution of health care.

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  • Why Facebook Views AR As Its Next Big Platform

    Sep 28, 2019

    Smartphones are great, but they are not the future of communication. Big technology companies know this. That’s why, with the help of the company that makes Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses, Facebook wants to put artificial intelligence computers on your face, according to a CNBC report September 17.

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  • Tech Giants Team Up to Make AI Voice Assistants Device-Agnostic

    Sep 25, 2019

    A groundbreaking project, the Voice Interoperability Initiative, led by a host of major technology companies – including Amazon, Baidu, Intel, Microsoft, Orange, Salesforce, Sony and many others – aims to let customers access multiple different AI voice assistants on any device, just by saying its wake word.

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