Happenings
  • 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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  • 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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