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    1. Podcasting App Transcribes Shows for Better Search

      Podcasting App Transcribes Shows for Better Search

      10/12/17 12:01pm How in-audio search works in Castbox. Courtesy Castbox We called this one, a long time ago. Since then, we’ve been watching the development of natural language processing in the podcasting space ever since. It’s starting to come together. Podcasts are a product driven by words, spoken words, but, unlike words in text, they are not words that are easily indexed by the crawling robots of Mountain View and Redmond (that is, Google’s and Bing’s).

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    2. Google SVP ‘Thrilled to Partner’ With Walmart on Voice-Based Shopping

      Google SVP ‘Thrilled to Partner’ With Walmart on Voice-Based Shopping

      Google SVP ‘Thrilled to Partner’ With Walmart on Voice-Based Shopping The two companies are teaming up to fight Amazon By John Bonazzo • 08/23/17 12:47pm Google Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch Walmart’s attempts to paint itself as a rival to Amazon haven’t been very successful thus far—the world’s biggest physical retailer still has only half of Amazon’s market cap .

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      Mentions: Amazon Google America
    3. With Amazon’s New Intel and Cirrus Partnerships, Alexa May Soon Be Everywhere

      With Amazon’s New Intel and Cirrus Partnerships, Alexa May Soon Be Everywhere

      By Brady Dale • 07/06/17 5:59pm Soon powered by Alexa? Pixabay There are products and then there are platforms. Companies with products live and die on demand for what they’ve made. Companies with platforms live and die on other companies building new products on their platforms. It’s harder to establish a platform, but a company that can do it dominates.

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      Mentions: Amazon Intel Google
    4. AI Is Finally Bringing Conversation to the Consumer

      AI Is Finally Bringing Conversation to the Consumer

      By Q Manning • 05/05/17 10:44am Conversational AI is set to become as ubiquitous as smartphones. Pixabay Artificial intelligence may be one of the hottest trends in tech, but it’s still primarily viewed as a problem-solving tool. And while machines enhancing intelligence is great, the biggest gold mine will be AI’s conversational capabilities. CoverGirl recently learned this the easy way.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    5. Google Translate Just Improved Accuracy Using Artificial Intelligence

      Google Translate Just Improved Accuracy Using Artificial Intelligence

      By Sage Lazzaro • 03/06/17 3:04pm No more awkward translations. Pixabay Teaching machines to truly understand natural language has been one of the biggest challenges facing computer scientists working to advance artificial intelligence. But Google has made real progress in getting computers to look at language as more than just a bag of words, and these advancements are now making their way into its products.

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    6. This Bot Will Win the Nobel Prize for Literature Probably

      This Bot Will Win the Nobel Prize for Literature Probably

      By Brady Dale • 11/25/16 10:49am The 2015 Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus receives the award from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. Now just imagine a computer in her place . JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images If you’re like me, when the other kids in high school were experimenting with illegal drugs, you were experimenting with poetry. It’s embarrassing, but it’s true. I spent most of a semester revising a villanelle in high school.

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    7. ‘Bot’ Is a Hilariously Over-Simplified Buzzword. Let’s Fix That

      By Matt Galligan • 06/23/16 10:44am Let’s dive into the various subtypes of the “chatbot” that we’ve seen in recent months The bots are coming. And they will be everywhere, like Facebook Messenger where they’ll be deployed to 900mm+ users. Some will deliver you tacos . Some will go on racist tirades . But here’s the thing: not all bots are created equal.

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      Mentions: Alan Turing NLP
    8. Awesome, Now the Computers Understand Sarcasm

      Humans need to get their act together, because researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have taught the machines to sense sarcasm: The team used the trained program to analyse a selection of product reviews on Amazon.com and a random selection of posts on Twitter. Three human volunteers were asked to rate the same material for sarcastic content. The algorithm agreed with the volunteers ...
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