Happenings
  • Microsoft Debuts Icecaps, An Open Source AI Conversation Modeling Toolkit

    Sep 2, 2019

    Microsoft Research has unveiled Icecaps, a new open source solution for neural conversational networks. The toolkit leverages multitask learning to improve conversation AI systems, such as giving them multiple personas.

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  • 10 Companies Using AI To Grow

    Aug 26, 2019

    According to Fortune Business Insights, the global AI (artificial intelligence) market in 2018 was $21 billion. It’s expected to grow 33% annually between 2019 and 2026 to $203 billion. The companies that are using the technology to grow are the stocks you want to own in the future.

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  • Nuance expands AI-based platform to help surgeons with documentation

    Aug 23, 2019

    The healthcare division of Nuance Communications announced it has developed an artificial intelligence-based platform, the Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) solution, to help surgeons with documentation before and after operations.

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  • Amazon’s voice-synthesizing AI mimics shifts in tempo, pitch, and volume

    Aug 22, 2019

    Voice assistants like Alexa convert written words into speech using text-to-speech systems, the most capable of which tap AI to verbalize from scratch rather than stringing together prerecorded snippets of sounds. Neural text-to-speech systems, or NTTS, tend to produce more natural-sounding speech than conventional models, but arguably their real value lies in their adaptability, as they’re able to mimic the prosody of a recording, or its shifts in tempo, pitch, and volume.

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  • Google Again Leads in Voice Assistant IQ Test but Alexa is Closing the Gap According to Loup Ventures

    Aug 19, 2019

    Loup Ventures published its annual Voice Assistant IQ test on Friday and found that once again Google Assistant led over Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri. Google Assistant answered 93% of the 800-query test questions correctly compared to 83% for Siri and 80% for Alexa. The test was conducted on smartphones to gauge voice assistant performance on mobile devices and follows a similar study from December 2018 focused on smart speaker performance. Previous tests also included Microsoft’s Cortana but it was removed in 2019 due to the company’s shift away from the consumer voice assistant segment.

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  • Why AI Is The Future of Financial Services

    Aug 15, 2019

    Frontrunner financial services firms are achieving companywide revenue growth of 19% directly attributable to their AI initiatives, much greater than the 12% of follower firms achieve.

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  • LatentView Analytics Reveals Voice Platform for Enterprise Data

    Aug 14, 2019

    New Jersey-based digital analytics firm LatentView Analytics debuted a new conversational platform built to make data analytics more accessible for businesses. The Conversational Analytics System Personalized or Casper platform is designed to speed up the process of collecting and sorting data in ways that are useful for the business and its employees.

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  • Insurance Industry Turns To Artificial Intelligence

    Aug 13, 2019

    Artificial intelligence is finding its way into every industry and insurance is no exception.

    The value of underwritten insurance premiums is estimated to exceed $20 million within five years, an increase from $1.3 billion this year, according to new research.

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  • Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care

    Aug 12, 2019

    Zero UI (Zero User Interface) is an interface without a physical presence – no screen, no buttons, no keys. Instead, a user moves, talks, looks or thinks, and artificial intelligence (AI) interprets that interaction in order to respond. It sounds simple, but Zero UI is an intensely complex effort requiring extremely robust capabilities.

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  • AI can make better use of all data

    Aug 11, 2019

    Industrial robots are building cars in factories where human presence is redundant; autonomous unmanned vehicles are crawling on the surface of Mars; and self-driving is a few years away from becoming reality. We are at the cusp of a revolutionary change that will define the way we live in the future.

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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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