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    1. Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

      Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

      Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Pineau’s research focus tends to lean heavily on robotics and dialog systems, particularly applications of reinforcement learning.

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    2. The director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab has departed

      The director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab has departed

      Adam Coates, director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab, has left the company. A source confirmed the exit and Coates has updated his LinkedIn reflecting the change. Coates joined the Chinese search giant back in May of 2014 to lead a California-based team of 50 machine learning developers. Baidu has built up an established proficiency in natural language processing.

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    3. Google Builds China Workforce to Develop Artificial Intelligence

      Google Builds China Workforce to Develop Artificial Intelligence

      Alphabet Inc.’s Google is ramping up its presence in China, hiring engineers to specialize in one of technology’s hottest corners: artificial intelligence. The Silicon Valley behemoth has recently posted at least four AI-related jobs on its career site in Beijing, including a technical lead to develop a team to work on natural language processing, data compression and other machine learning technologies. Two of the jobs are related... Advertisement

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    4. Google Builds China Workforce to Develop Artificial Intelligence | Fox Business

      Google Builds China Workforce to Develop Artificial Intelligence | Fox Business

      Alphabet Inc.'s Google is ramping up its presence in China, hiring engineers to specialize in technology's hottest corner: artificial intelligence. The Silicon Valley behemoth has recently posted at least four AI-related jobs on its career site in Beijing, including a technical lead to develop a team to work on natural language processing, data compression and other machine learning technologies. Two of the jobs are related to machine learning in Google's cloud-computing operation.

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      Mentions: Beijing China Italy
    5. California Wants to Tax Job Stealing Robots

      California Wants to Tax Job Stealing Robots

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) keeps on exciting the world with its many uses and potentials. Through deep learning (also called deep neural networks), we now have computers and robots which are capable of thinking independently like humans. And this quality makes them even more efficient than us! Image recognition, natural language processing, and machine translation may not be perfect yet.

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    6. Google/Walmart: The Brutal Future Of Retail Supply Chains

      Google/Walmart: The Brutal Future Of Retail Supply Chains

      Google, the king of internet search, and Walmart, still the world’s largest retailer, have just joined forces. Walmart plans to join Google’s online marketplace, known as Google Express, sitting alongside other retailers, such as Target and Costco. Sounds innocuous, except that Walmart brings its own fulfillment resources while others rely on third-party delivery services. Google, meanwhile, brings expertise in natural language processing, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

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    7. Google Home Users Will Soon Be Able Buy Items From Walmart

      Google Home Users Will Soon Be Able Buy Items From Walmart

      Google has announced that it’s partnering with retailer Walmart for its Google Home smart speaker. Soon, Google Home users will be able to shop online with voice commands using Google Assistant. “When it comes to voice shopping, we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers. That’s why it makes sense for us to team up with Google,” Walmart said in a blog post.

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      Mentions: Amazon Google Samsung
    8. Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits

      Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits

      By Mikey Campbell Friday, August 18, 2017, 04:49 pm PT (07:49 pm ET) One-man company Word to Info on Friday expanded a string of patent lawsuits over natural language processing technology — active cases involve Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nuance — to include Apple, taking specific aim at the tech titan's Siri virtual assistant.

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    9. As AI floods the market, which chatbots deliver the best ROI for enterprises?

      As AI floods the market, which chatbots deliver the best ROI for enterprises?

      The current discussion on chatbots is at a crescendo. Industries from retail to healthcare all plan to include chatbots in 2017. But does adding AI to your service delivery workflow deliver a positive ROI? Inbenta, a Foster City, Calif.-based natural language chatbot and search platform company, released a report showing proof that leveraging AI and NLP (Natural Language Processing) solutions such as chatbots in enterprise organizations add significant value to the organisation.

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    10. How to build any AI-driven smart service

      How to build any AI-driven smart service

      The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will change the ways that humans and machines interact. AI-driven smart services will sense one's surroundings, learn one's preferences are from past behavior, and subtly guide people and machines through their daily lives in ways that will truly feel frictionless.

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    11. Tableau acquires startup ClearGraph for natural language processing

      Tableau acquires startup ClearGraph for natural language processing

      Business intelligence firm Tableau announced Wednesday it's acquiring ClearGraph, a three-year-old startup that uses natural language processing to search enterprise data. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tableau plans to integrate ClearGraph's technology into Tableau's products, enabling smart data discovery and data analysis. The move comes just a couple months after Tableau introduced its first "smart" features.

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    12. Why Consumers Will Determine How Marketers Use Voice

      Why Consumers Will Determine How Marketers Use Voice

      It’s official. Voice has hit its hype cycle. Marketers and industry thought leaders have outwardly squabbled over its importance and implications, voice-powered devices have been hacked, experts in natural language processing have been hired and machine learning is a new focus for optimizations. More so than with any new offering of the past 20 years, understanding the forces at play behind the voice movement will be critical for any brand or agency hoping to tap into its power.

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    13. Study shows VR programming skill is at the top of employer wishlists

      Study shows VR programming skill is at the top of employer wishlists

      A recent Upwork study revealed a 300 percent uptick in hiring for those with skills related to VR last quarter. VR programmers were clearly in high demand, leading the list of nine other skills hiring managers look for most often on the platform. The study highlights the following skills: While virtual reality engineers may top the list, the overall theme might be described as data-specialists, programmers, and math experts.

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    14. Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

      Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

      Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges. Ozlo launched with a consumer-facing app back in October 2016.

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    15. Wit.ai is shutting down Bot Engine as Facebook rolls NLP into its updated Messenger Platform

      Wit.ai is shutting down Bot Engine as Facebook rolls NLP into its updated Messenger Platform

      Wit.ai announced this morning in a blog post that it would be sunsetting its Bot Engine. The Facebook-owned company builds developer tools for natural language processing to help engineers build speech and text chatbots faster and with less technical experience. Bot Engine launched as a beta in April of 2016. The tool let developers train their own bots using sample conversations sharing similar structure.

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    16. Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in tech in this bundle (?ZDNet Academy)

      Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in tech in this bundle (?ZDNet Academy)

      This 4-course bundle deep dives into deep learning and artificial intelligence. No one can predict the future, but it sure seems to be headed in the direction of machine learning. From self-driving cars to natural language processing, The Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence Introductory Bundle will get you up to speed with the basics of one of the most exciting and growing fields in tech.

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    17. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Launches Artificial Intelligence Research Lab to Compete With Google

      Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Launches Artificial Intelligence Research Lab to Compete With Google

      Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) recently announced the launch of the Microsoft Research AI lab, which will focus on obstacles in the field of artificial intelligence. Based out of the MSFT headquarters in Redmond, WA, the lab will involve more than 100 scientists working in various AI subfields such as natural language processing, machine learning, visual perception and decision making, among others. Notably, the artificial intelligence technologies used today are dedicated t.. Advertisement

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    18. Microsoft creates an AI research lab to challenge Google and DeepMind

      Microsoft creates an AI research lab to challenge Google and DeepMind

      Microsoft has created a new research lab with a focus on developing general purpose artificial intelligence technology, the company revealed today. The lab will be located at Microsoft’s Redmond HQ, and will include a team of over 100 scientists working on AI, from areas including natural language processing, learning and perception systems.

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    19. Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

      Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

      Late last year, Google announced a breakthrough in translating. Dubbed Neural Machine Translation, it let Google’s AI-powered engine tackle full sentences instead of just words, giving translations a more natural feel. Now Google is expanding it to a several more languages. Back when it launched, Google’s new translator was available for English and just eight other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish.

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    20. Panasonic unveils 'human-like' companion robot

      Panasonic unveils 'human-like' companion robot

      Panasonic Corporation of North America has developed a proof-of-concept robot that the company said boasts "human-like" movements and communication skills. The desktop companion robot, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, connects via Wi-Fi to natural language processing technology. Panasonic did not detail where the language processing is completed, nor whether any encryption is used for the voice data.

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    21. 5-Point Checklist for Investing in Artificial Intelligence

      5-Point Checklist for Investing in Artificial Intelligence

      Image source: Getty Images. There are plenty of headlines about how artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming everything from smartphones to our cars, but understanding how exactly to benefit from AI as an investor can be a little harder. AI encompasses a lot of different technologies, like natural language processing (when Google Assistant understands what you’re saying), machine vision (semi-autonomous cars knowing the difference between a lamppost and a pedestria.. Advertisement

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    22. HPE enters natural language question answering fray

      HPE enters natural language question answering fray

      Hewlett Packard Enterprise has added natural language question answering to its unstructured data analytics engine. The engine, HPE IDOL, uses machine learning to boost the accuracy of human interactions with computers. HPE IDOL's natural question answering capability joins a crowded field as Nuance and IBM via Watson all have similar plays on natural language processing. One big wild card with HPE's effort is cloud providers.

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    23. IBM Watson AI: These firms are fighting cybercrime using cognitive computing

      IBM Watson AI: These firms are fighting cybercrime using cognitive computing

      Fortune 500 companies across the globe are tackling cybercrime by deploying IBM Watson's cognitive computing power. Using artificial intelligence technologies, such as machine learning and natural language processing, to analyse vast amounts of structured and unstructured data, Watson is designed to help cybersecurity professionals identify threats.

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