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    1. Commentary: Translation technology is useful, but should not replace learning languages

      Commentary: Translation technology is useful, but should not replace learning languages

      BRISBANE: For many years now, there have been calls for people to learn languages, particularly Asian languages, as the world economy pivots to the Asia Pacific. But the number of students learning languages, in Australia for instance, has remained stubbornly low. Rapid improvements in machine translation and speech recognition technologies in recent years appear to offer an easy way out.

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    2. Singapore to house one of Alibaba’s new global research labs

      Singapore to house one of Alibaba’s new global research labs

      Singapore to house one of Alibaba’s new global research labs close breaking news Business Singapore to house one of Alibaba’s new global research labs Singapore is one of seven locations chosen to host the research labs, which are part of Alibaba's new US$15 billion global research programme. Two men chat beside an Alibaba logo outside the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, China.

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    3. AI firm Appier attracts EDBI investment, sets up R&D unit in Singapore

      AI firm Appier attracts EDBI investment, sets up R&D unit in Singapore

      AI firm Appier attracts EDBI investment, sets up R&D unit in Singapore CEO Chih-Han Yu speaking during this year's Computex trade show. (Photo: Appier/Facebook) Share via E-Mail SINGAPORE: Artificial intelligence (AI) company Appier on Wednesday (Aug 30) announced it has raised US$33 million (S$44.6 million) in its latest funding round, which includes an investment from Singapore's Economic Development Board.

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    4. Commentary: The robot revolution blurs the line between man and machine

      Commentary: The robot revolution blurs the line between man and machine

      LONDON: I turned to Sophia and asked: "Are you going to destroy us?" "Not if you're nice to me," she replied. It's always a little unnerving talking with a non-human, as I did at a recent event celebrating the Financial Times’ 125th anniversary. But it is an experience we are going to have to grow used to as the robot revolution unfolds. Sophia was well-programmed to respond to human fear of machines but many of her answers were a little clunky.

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    5. Tech start-ups cram into Singapore’s education sector

      Tech start-ups cram into Singapore’s education sector

      SINGAPORE: There is a new breed of technology entrepreneurs looking to cater to the country’s emphasis on education. By building automated homework assistance tools, online marketplaces to find and book tutors, as well as using data analytics to take a crack at overseas college applications, these education technology (edtech) start-ups hope to disrupt a lucrative market that continues to grow rapidly.

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    6. Singapore partners Microsoft to create next-gen digital Govt services

      Singapore partners Microsoft to create next-gen digital Govt services

      SINGAPORE: In line with its Smart Nation initiative, the Republic will partner Microsoft in creating its next-generation digital Government services, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-In-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan announced on Tuesday (Jul 12). This will be done through a new computing proof-of-concept (POC) by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Microsoft.

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    7. Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages

      Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages

      Technology Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages The leading social network first made the "multilingual composer" tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service. Posted 02 Jul 2016 07:37 A SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday (Jul 1) began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer.

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