Happenings
  • Why Voice-Based Technology is the Future of Excellent Customer Experience

    Dec 16, 2019

    If it seems like everywhere you turn, you’re being hit with yet another statistic or story about how voice tech is the future. Consider this your wakeup call: it’s time to start paying attention.

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  • Google AI chief Jeff Dean interview: Machine learning trends in 2020

    Dec 13, 2019

    At the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference this week in Vancouver, Canada, machine learning took center stage as 13,000 researchers explored things like neuroscience, how to interpret neural network outputs, and how AI can help solve big real-world problems.

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  • Bank Of America's Virtual Assistant Now Has More Than 10 Million Users

    Dec 12, 2019

    It’s not only fintechs that can lure millions of customers their way. Bank of America’s voice-activated virtual assistant Erica now has more than ten million users.

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  • AirAsia shutters call centres to go all-in on chatbot and voice AI

    Dec 12, 2019

    The future of customer service is messaging and voice-based artificial intelligence, according to the airline.

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  • Researchers train AI to map a person’s facial movements to any target headshot

    Dec 9, 2019

    What if you could manipulate the facial features of a historical figure, a politician, or a CEO realistically and convincingly using nothing but a webcam and an illustrated or photographic still image?

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  • The United States Of Artificial Intelligence Startups

    Dec 7, 2019

    Startups across 42 US states are applying artificial intelligence tech across industries like marketing, healthcare, retail, and more.

    Funding to artificial intelligence startups is soaring. Last year, VCs invested a record $9.3B into US AI startups — more than 8x funding levels just 5 years prior ($1.1B in 2013).

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  • AI is Taking Over the World — Just Not in the Ways We Feared

    Dec 6, 2019

    As technology continues its rapid innovation, it’s not difficult to envision a future in which machines will become more intelligent and stronger than their human predecessors, eventually taking over the world — just like our sci-fi nightmares come to life, right?

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  • Picovoice Debuts Platform for Building Voice Assistants Without the Cloud

    Dec 3, 2019

    Most voice interaction relies on the cloud. Audio gets recorded, digitized, then sent to the cloud for processing before the user hears a response. Picovoice builds around the idea of maintaining the same functions of a standard voice engine, but all operated locally, known in the industry as on the edge as opposed to in the cloud.

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  • AI In Healthcare Q3’19 Funding Breaks Records

    Nov 26, 2019

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  • Multimodal learning is in right now — here’s why that’s a good thing

    Nov 22, 2019

    Data sets are fundamental building blocks of AI systems, and this paradigm isn’t likely to ever change. Without a corpus on which to draw, as human beings employ daily, models can’t learn the relationships that inform their predictions.

    But why stop at a single corpus? An intriguing report by ABI Research anticipates that while the total installed base of AI devices will grow from 2.69 billion in 2019 to 4.47 billion in 2024, comparatively few will be interoperable in the short term.

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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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