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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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  • People Want Voice Assistants to Mirror Them: Study

    Sep 23, 2019

    The study, titled Mirroring to Build Trust in Digital Assistants was conceived by scientists working for Apple as a way to look at how people respond to different kinds of responses from voice assistants. Researchers examined people’s tone, mannerisms, and other elements of conversation to learn how to build an assistant that users are more comfortable speaking with and using regularly. The report was presented this month at the Interspeech 2019 conference in Graz, Austria.

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  • Mount Sinai announces plans for BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute

    Sep 23, 2019

    The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City announced Monday, Sept. 23, the creation of its new BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (BMEII). The center, expected to be fully operational by early 2020, will focus on using Mount Sinai’s data for the development of new solutions related to medical imaging, nanomedicine, AI, robotics, sensors and more. At least nine researchers and their teams will be invited to work within the BMEII.

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  • This Conversational AI Startup is Empowering the Next Billion Digital Users

    Sep 21, 2019

    Only 20 per cent of the 530 million Indian internet users consume content in English. Rest prefer vernacular languages. According to a recent report by research and consulting firm RedSeer, 260 million Indian users are “monetizable”. Nearly 210 million of these users, with an annual spending power of $300 billion, prefer digital content in vernacular languages.

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  • Facial Recognition Expanding To More Airports

    Sep 17, 2019

    Facial recognition technology is taking off. Some U.S. airports have been dabbling with the technology, primarily aimed at international travelers. For example, JetBlue partnered with U.S. Customs for an integrated biometric self-boarding gate for international flights Delta Air Lines added facial recognition for travelers heading through Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport and facial recognition was expanded at Orlando International Airport…

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  • Oracle Unveils AI-Voice for the Enterprise

    Sep 17, 2019

    Oracle today announced availability of its AI-trained voice with Oracle Digital Assistant. Now, enterprise customers can use voice commands to communicate with their enterprise applications to drive desired actions and outcomes, enriching the user experience with conversational AI, simplifying interactions and improving productivity.

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  • The future of image recognition technology is deep learning

    Sep 16, 2019

    Compared to typical machine learning, deep learning works by building neural networks that simulate the mechanism of the human brain and then interpreting and analyzing data, such as image, video and text.

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  • 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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  • Issue 23 - The European VC market is so hot it may skip its summer holiday

    The startup market is having a moment around the world, but few regions can brag as much as Europe when it comes to venture capital investment.

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  • Issue 23 - Azafran INSIGHTS Rapid-fire Video Podcast

    Hosts Matt Bauer and Megan Burns welcome special guest Paul Martin, founder and CEO of Azafran Fund I portfolio company, tagSpace.

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