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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: IBM Watson IBM
    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Russian
    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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
    15. 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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    16. Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

      Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

      Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence. I was at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company’s CEO was touting the company's progress in building more intelligent apps and services. Each morning, he told me, he puts on a HoloLens, which enables him to look at a virtual, interactive calendar projected on a wall of his house. Nadella appeared giddy as he described it.

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    17. Facebook's new multilingual composer lets you post in several languages at once

      Facebook's new multilingual composer lets you post in several languages at once

      You'll soon be able to post on Facebook in multiple languages using a new automatic translation feature, the company said today . The "multilingual composer," as the feature is called, allows you to write a post in one language and then choose additional languages in which you would like it to be published. If you write a post in English but publish it in Spanish, for example, any of your friends or followers who use Facebook in Spanish would see that Spanish translation of your post.

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    18. Shout at the devil: the confusing world of talking to computers

      Shout at the devil: the confusing world of talking to computers

      Share on Facebook In the last six months, every major tech company has unveiled its vision for the future of computing. And funnily enough, they’re all saying the same thing: in the future, we’re going to talk to our computers — and they’re going to answer back. Microsoft calls it "conversation as a platform." Google says it wants to computers to have an "ongoing two-way dialogue" with their users. This both is and isn’t a metaphor.

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    19. Welcome to the future, where bots make the bad dates go away

      Welcome to the future, where bots make the bad dates go away

      Dating is a bleak, bleak endeavor. Between seemingly endless swipes, missed IRL connections, and no one being emotionally available, it’s dark out there — and sometimes, it can even be dangerous, especially for women. Burner — a company that lets people create temporary phone numbers — markets itself as an option for online daters ( or journalists ) who have yet to vet matches in person. Today, the company is launching a new experiment in modern dating called Ghostbot .

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