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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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  • 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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  • Issue 22 - The End of VC as We Know It

    The nature of VC is evolving - to gain a competitive advantage and de-risk their investments, forward-looking and innovative firms are recognizing the trends and adapting.

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  • Issue 22 - European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021

    2021 is shaping up to be a stellar year for startups in Europe with Early-stage funding at $5.8 billion, an all-time high for European startups.

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