Happenings
  • 5 ways that future AI assistants will take voice tech to the next level

    Sep 14, 2019

    Since Siri debuted on the iPhone 4s back in 2011, voice assistants have gone from unworkable gimmick to the basis for smart speaker technology found in one in six American homes. “Before Siri, when I talked about [what I do] there were blank stares,” Tom Hebner, head of innovation at Nuance Communications, which develops cutting edge A.I. voice technology, told Digital Trends. “People would say, ‘Do you build those horrible phone systems? I hate you.’ That was one group of people’s only interaction with voice technology.”

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  • How AI and voice analytics can improve the call center experience

    Sep 11, 2019

    Learn how voice-based data analytics and AI can help enhance call center agents’ performance and improve call center customers’ experiences. We’ve all had our experiences with call center agents who can’t answer questions or get us to the right person for the right answer. This makes it all the more important for technologies like voice-based data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to bring relief to call centers and those who are calling those centers.

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  • AI researchers translate language into physical movement

    Sep 11, 2019

    Carnegie Mellon University AI researchers have created an AI agent that is able to translate words into physical movement. Called Joint Language-to-Pose, or JL2P, the approach combines natural language with 3D pose models.

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  • McDonald's Doubles Down on Tech With Voice AI Acquisition

    Sep 10, 2019

    When McDonald’s spent over $300 million on big-data-crunching startup Dynamic Yield earlier this year, the move came as something of a surprise. The follow-up should not. Today the Golden Arches announced the acquisition of Apprente, a voice AI system focused on fast-food ordering. It’s a niche, but it just paid off.

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  • The Future Of OCR Is Deep Learning

    Sep 10, 2019

    Whether it’s auto-extracting information from a scanned receipt for an expense report or translating a foreign language using your phone’s camera, optical character recognition (OCR) technology can seem mesmerizing. And while it seems miraculous that we have computers that can digitize analog text with a degree of accuracy, the reality is that the accuracy we have come to expect falls short of what’s possible. 

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  • AI Companies Raise More Money Across Fewer Rounds

    Sep 9, 2019

    In the startup world, it seems like everyone wants to either be an artificial intelligence company or throw money at one. That was true several years ago, and it still holds true today. However, the funding dynamics have changed some.

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  • GM will integrate Google apps and voice assistant into vehicles starting in 2021

    Sep 5, 2019

    DETROIT – General Motors and Google are teaming up to install the tech giant’s voice assistant and apps, including Google Maps, into GM vehicles beginning in 2021.

    The partnership, announced Thursday, marks a significant milestone for both the automotive and tech industries as the sectors continue to converge in attempt to better integrate into cars to appease consumers who’ve grown accustomed to using technology in their homes and on their phones.

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  • Picovoice Launches Speech-to-Text Platform ‘On the Edge’

    Sep 3, 2019

    Voice technology platform developer Picovoice has debuted a new real-time speech-to-text platform. The new engine is designed to be able to run offline, without sending data to the cloud, turning speech into text more quickly while preserving data privacy by keeping the entire process within the user’s device.

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  • How artificial intelligence is enhancing enterprise security

    Sep 3, 2019

    With more devices being introduced to the corporate network, enterprises are facing an onslaught of cyber security challenges as constant threats are becoming much more sophisticated and prevalent. The prospect of data breaches, loss of sensitive data, or network crashes forces corporations to implement security measures and build cyber security strategies to protect digital assets and keep up with—if not get ahead of—hackers and other cybercriminals.

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  • How AI And Voice Technologies Help People With Disabilities Live Independently

    Sep 2, 2019

    A group of Loughborough University academics have been awarded funding to examine how AI-voice-based technologies, such as the Amazon Echo, help people with disabilities live independently and explore how they may shape the future of social care.

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  • Issue 18 - The Impact of Deep Tech + Imagery on the Future of Healthcare

    In the second issue of our Special Report Series, we turn our focus to the imagery modality and the impacts already being felt in the future of healthcare.

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  • Issue 18 - tagSpace: Augmented Reality for the Masses, now Covid Ready

    tagSpace (Azafran Portfolio I) provides a no-code solution for location-based Augmented Reality - With a focus on markets such as music festivals, events and experiences, tagSpace has pivoted to also helping fight the spread of Covid-19.

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