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    1. Google Can Finally Understand Your Drunk Texts

      Google Can Finally Understand Your Drunk Texts

      Google would love to have the voices that come out of its products sound as natural as Samantha, the near-future AI who lived in Joaquin Phoenix’s earpiece in the movie Her . To achieve this effect, you could hire a dulcet-voiced actor to record all the words, phrases, and phonemes you’d ever need and write sophisticated software to recombine them on the fly . . . like a chump. Or you could automate the whole enchilada with deep learning .

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    2. What We Learned Building Our Own Chatbot

      What We Learned Building Our Own Chatbot

      Our annual Innovation Festival —a four-day event this fall with over 200 speakers, and events spanning more than 100 locations across New York City—requires an extreme amount of coordination. The success of the event is contingent on over-communicating with our nearly 6,000 attendees to ensure that they know the where, when, and what of the sessions on their agendas.

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    3. Inside The Making Of Allo, Google’s AI-Powered Messaging App

      Inside The Making Of Allo, Google’s AI-Powered Messaging App

      Let the Great Messaging War of 2017 begin. Today, Google is launching Allo, a revamped messaging app meant to compete with the likes of Apple Messages and Facebook Messenger—two products that in recent months have steadily unveiled a slew of new features. Google thinks it could leapfrog them both, thanks to its most valuable assets: a wealth of data about what we do and search for online, and the billions of dollars it has invested in machine learning.

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    4. Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back

      Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back

      3 minute read Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back Project Florence could have incredible implications for the future of farming—and revolutionize the way we understand our environment. 01 /03 Mark Wilson 05.31.16 8:15 AM Gardeners have long claimed that talking to plants helps them grow—an idea backed up by science . But more recently, we’re discovering that plants talk, too , reacting to their environment in a language of electrical impulses and chemicals.

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    5. How Designing For Disabled People Is Giving Google An Edge

      How Designing For Disabled People Is Giving Google An Edge

      "Accessibility is a basic human right," Eve Andersson tells me, sitting on a lawn at the Shoreline Amphitheater during this year's Google I/0 developer conference. "It benefits everyone." Soft spoken and ginger-haired, Andersson is the head of Google's accessibility efforts—the gaggle of services that Google bakes into its products to allow them to be just as usable by people with disabilities as they are by the general public.

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    6. How Designing For The Disabled Is Giving Google An Edge

      How Designing For The Disabled Is Giving Google An Edge

      Technology How Designing For The Disabled Is Giving Google An Edge Google's Eve Andersson tells Co.Design how today's accessibility problems could lead to improvements in robots, Google Maps, and even YouTube. Photo: PhotoAlto/Ale Ventura/Getty Images John Brownlee 05.23.16 7:00 AM "Accessibility is a basic human right," Eve Andersson tells me, sitting on a lawn at the Shoreline Amphitheater during this year's Google I/0 developer conference. "It benefits everyone."

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    7. Google's Latest Accessibility Feature Is So Good, Everyone Will Use It

      Google's Latest Accessibility Feature Is So Good, Everyone Will Use It

      Technology Google's Latest Accessibility Feature Is So Good, Everyone Will Use It Though it was developed for users with severe motor impairment, Voice Access could revolutionize how anyone uses their phone. John Brownlee 05.20.16 7:00 AM Inclusive design has a way of trickling down to benefit all users, not just the ones for whom it's originally intended.

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    8. Google's Secret Weapon Against Amazon Echo? Just Being Google

      Google's Secret Weapon Against Amazon Echo? Just Being Google

      2 minute read Google's Secret Weapon Against Amazon Echo? Just Being Google Google Home is an important step in the search giant's evolution from platform to ambient entity. 01 /05 John Brownlee 05.18.16 4:00 PM With Amazon's voice assistant in a can, Echo, the company found a small but smart niche of users and a foothold in the smart homes of the future . It hasn't had much competition—until now. Today at I/O, Google announced its own Alexa-killer: Google Home .

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    9. Sunrise App: It’s A New Dawn For Google Calendar

      Sunrise App: It’s A New Dawn For Google Calendar
      A new iPhone app reskins GCal and invites your Facebook friends to the party. Google has solved a lot of my online life. Beyond the obvious utility of search, I can talk to friends in Gchat, correspond in Gmail and video conference over Google+. But the only problem with Google building these solutions is that, once they do, everyone else becomes afraid to touch the space. Just look at how Gmail ...
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    10. Duolingo Teaches You Another Language, While Also Translating The Entire Web

      Duolingo Teaches You Another Language, While Also Translating The Entire Web
      There’s a lot of material on the web and a good portion of it is in a language that you can’t read. If you are an English speaker this is a relatively small problem but as more and more people get online, the ratios get worse--more people will be creating more content in more of languages, which means a greater chance that you are missing out. There are two basic solutions to this problem. First, you can learn some other language, thus expanding your pool of readable content. Second, you can arr
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