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    1. Apple, Google, and the chase for tech that can’t be reverse-engineered - The Verge

      Apple, Google, and the chase for tech that can’t be reverse-engineered - The Verge

      How the Pixel's software helped make Google's best camera yet Google’s Assistant At CES in January this year, Huawei’s mobile boss Richard Yu was asked if his company would introduce its own voice assistant in the US, to which he replied, “Alexa and Google Assistant are better, how can we compete?” That uncharacteristically pragmatic response (for a mobile company CEO) neatly encapsulates the difficulty of copying Google and Amazon’s machine-learning efforts.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    2. Following Spotify playlist curators around New York’s live music scene - The Verge

      Following Spotify playlist curators around New York’s live music scene - The Verge

      In an otherwise boring conversation about some press release or another, a Spotify PR person mentioned to me that an artist who had a big hit on the platform’s Fresh Finds playlist was discovered when one of the curators just happened to see them play a show in Bushwick. I was as surprised as anyone really can be by an email from corporate PR.

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    3. Are holograms the future of how we capture memories? - The Verge

      Are holograms the future of how we capture memories? - The Verge

      Are holograms the future of how we capture memories? Holographic time capsules share When Los Angeles-based actress and interior designer Ashley Martin Scott responded to a casting call for “mom and baby” back in April 2015, details were scant. “I pretty much came into it blindly, not knowing what to expect, aside from ‘a mom and a baby,’” Scott said.

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    4. Spotify announces a program to ‘identify and break’ new music superstars

      Spotify announces a program to ‘identify and break’ new music superstars

      share Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine Spotify just announced a new program called RISE, intended to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars.” The promises of the program are a little vague, but Spotify says its hand-picked artists will be aided with “multi-tiered marketing” and “editorial programming,” including social promotion, a special “mixed-media” RISE playlist, “bespoke” videos about their life stories, and some kind of platform-sponsored “experiential” events. Reached for comment, a Spotify representative clarified that the experiential events will be similar to the Fan First events that the platform already organizes, using its ...

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    5. The best to-do list app right now (2017) - The Verge

      The best to-do list app right now (2017) - The Verge

      The best to-do list app will always be whatever works for you. One reason for the enduring popularity of pen-and-paper-based methods is that they can map perfectly to your individual needs. Bullet journals, which have surged in popularity in recent years, encourage you to pepper them with your own idiosyncrasies: widgets to track various goals, say, or lists of books to read, nestled alongside your daily chores. You impose your own point of view on a paper to-do list, for better and for worse.

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      Mentions: Google Calendar
    6. Facebook’s translations are now powered completely by Ai - The Verge

      Facebook’s translations are now powered completely by Ai - The Verge

      Facebook’s translations are now powered completely by AI Around 4.5 billion translations are made each day share Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Every day, Facebook performs some 4.5 billion automatic translations — and as of yesterday, they’re all processed using neural networks. Previously, the social networking site used simpler phrase-based machine translation models, but it’s now switched to the more advanced method.

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    7. Sorry humans, Microsoft’s AI is the first to reach a perfect Ms. Pac-Man score

      Sorry humans, Microsoft’s AI is the first to reach a perfect Ms. Pac-Man score

      share At long last, the perfect score for arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man has been achieved, though not by a human. Maluuba — a deep learning team acquired by Microsoft in January — has created an AI system that’s learned how to reach the game’s maximum point value of 999,900 on Atari 2600, using a unique combination of reinforcement learning with a divide-and-conquer method.

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    8. Please don’t make me talk to voice assistants any more - The Verge

      Please don’t make me talk to voice assistants any more - The Verge

      Apple’s biggest announcement at WWDC this week was the HomePod — a Siri-enabled speaker that will compete against Amazon’s Echo. The conference also brought updates to Apple’s voice assistant that should make it easier and more powerful to use, in an increasingly tight market that has assistants from Amazon, Google, and other tech giants battling for space.

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    9. Salesforce created an algorithm that automatically summarizes text using machine learning - The Verge

      Salesforce created an algorithm that automatically summarizes text using machine learning - The Verge

      share Image: Salesforce Research This year, people are expected to spend more than half their day reading e-mail, articles, or posts on social media, and it’s only going to get worse. To help solve this problem, researchers at Salesforce have developed an algorithm that uses machine learning to produce “surprisingly coherent and accurate” summaries according to MIT Technology Review .

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    10. A new app called Boomerang will double-check awkward translations for you

      A new app called Boomerang will double-check awkward translations for you

      Translation apps can be really useful when you’re traveling in a foreign country or trying to chat with someone who speaks another language, but some results from translation software lack nuance or just sound plain crazy in their translated form. That’s the problem that the creator of Boomerang is trying to solve.

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    11. IBM makes it so Star Trek Bridge Crew gets Watson-powered voice commands - The Verge

      IBM makes it so Star Trek Bridge Crew gets Watson-powered voice commands - The Verge

      The key to efficient starship management, as Captains Picard, Kirk, and Janeway have demonstrated, is communication. With Romulans closing in fast and Klingons on the starboard bow, you can’t be mumbling orders from the captain’s chair — you need the kind of commanding presence to inspire blind devotion in your crew. And now you’ll be able to hone those command skills in virtual reality.

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    12. Facebook says its prototype translation technique is nine times faster than rivals

      Facebook says its prototype translation technique is nine times faster than rivals

      Translation has always been one of the most important applications of Facebook’s AI research. After all, the social network’s overarching goal is to “make the world more open and connected,” so the language barrier is an obvious obstacle. To help leap this hurdle, Facebook today announced a novel method of machine learning translation that the company says is nine times faster than rival systems.

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    13. So, what is Samsung's Bixby AI assistant really made of? - The Verge

      So, what is Samsung's Bixby AI assistant really made of? - The Verge

      From all the reports we’ve seen so far, it seems clear that a new AI assistant is going to be a big part of Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. There has been plenty of speculation about its features (we’ve heard it will work in up to eight languages; that it will conduct visual searches from the camera; and that it will be called “Bixby”) but in terms of what we know for certain , there’s actually not a lot to go on.

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    14. Twitch introduces a new automated moderation tool to make chat friendlier - The Verge

      Twitch introduces a new automated moderation tool to make chat friendlier - The Verge

      Twitch introduces a new automated moderation tool to make chat friendlier A combination of machine learning and natural language processing share Amelia Krales Twitch chat could soon be a lot friendlier: today the streaming service is introducing a new automated tool that’s designed to create a “positive and inclusive chat experience.” The moderation tool is called AutoMod, and according to Twitch it uses a combination of machine learning and natural language processing to both block content deemed inappropriate and flag potentially troublesome content for review by a human mod later on. (Such comments will be held in a publishing ...

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    15. Microsoft researchers predict the search box will disappear by 2027

      Microsoft researchers predict the search box will disappear by 2027

      Most of us can’t wait for 2016 to end, and researchers at Microsoft are giving us good reason to think ahead. The company polled 17 women working in its research organization about the technology advances they expect to see in 2017, as well as a decade later in 2027. The researchers’ predictions touch on natural language processing, machine learning, agricultural software, and virtual reality, among other topics.

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    16. Stop arguing with Comcast and let this bot negotiate for you

      Stop arguing with Comcast and let this bot negotiate for you

      San Francisco startup Trim’s latest creation is a bot willing to wade into the darkest waters for you: negotiating service changes on your Comcast account. Trim has previously helped users ditch unwanted subscriptions . Its new AI, spotted by VentureBeat , works as a Chrome extension. It uses natural language processing to chat with customer service reps on your behalf. “Our goal is to help Trim users save money,” founder Thomas Smyth told The Verge .

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    17. The secret to eating fried chicken at a germ-ridden keyboard - The Verge

      The secret to eating fried chicken at a germ-ridden keyboard - The Verge

      share I know I know, that headline is embarrassing. But you only had to read it — I had to say it out loud . See, I’m not typing this text, I’m sitting at my computer speaking these words into the iA Writer app using a macOS feature called Dictation . It’s not something I’d normally use because I consider myself a fairly fast, if hopelessly inaccurate typist. But today’s not a normal day.

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    18. First Click: Amazon Echo leaves the door open for Google Home

      First Click: Amazon Echo leaves the door open for Google Home

      Share on Facebook Google is holding its big Pixel event today, and while most of the focus will be on the company’s new smartphones ( comprehensively leaked though they may be), it’s Google Home — the company’s AI-powered Amazon Echo rival — that could be the most important piece of hardware on stage. Google is playing catch up here, following in Amazon's footsteps after the company unveiled the Echo back in 2014.

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    19. Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy - The Verge

      Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy - The Verge

      Google Google is one of the leading providers of artificial intelligence-assisted language translation, and the company now says a new technique for doing so is vastly improving the results. The company’s AI team calls it the Google Neural Machine Translation system, or GNMT, and it initially provided a less resource-intensive way to ingest a sentence in one language and produce that same sentence in another language.

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    20. Baidu is bringing intelligent AR to search app used by hundreds of millions

      Baidu is bringing intelligent AR to search app used by hundreds of millions

      Baidu, the search company sometimes called China's Google, has announced a new augmented reality platform for smartphones. The new platform is called DuSee, and promises to use existing smartphone hardware to "understand" real-world 3D environments, allowing computer-generated characters and objects to interact with the real world.

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      Mentions: China Google Shanghai
    21. The English of non-native speakers could make smarter computers

      The English of non-native speakers could make smarter computers

      Researchers at MIT have created a database of annotated sentences written by non-native English speakers, the university announced in a press release Friday, in an effort to improve the ways in which computers process written or spoken language. Most natural language processing (NLP) technology is based on machine learning, whereby computers identify patterns in large datasets.

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