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    1. Belgian Authorities Calls Loot Boxes Gambling, Wants Them Banned

      Belgian Authorities Calls Loot Boxes Gambling, Wants Them Banned

      About a week ago, Belgian authorities launched an investigation into loot boxes found in video game to determine whether or not such features are considered gambling, and now they are back with their findings and according to VTM News (machine translation; via PC Gamer), the country’s Gaming Commission has announced that it is considered as gambling. To that end, the commission is hoping to have such features banned from video games across Europe.

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    2. Alberta artificial intelligence research gets $1.6 million boost

      Alberta artificial intelligence research gets $1.6 million boost

      Alberta’s blossoming artificial intelligence scene has been given another financial boost with a new $1.6 million agreement between Servus Credit Union and the University of Alberta. The five-year funding deal will support research projects in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and related areas, the university said Monday. The money will also help fund joint research projects and the creation of a new industrial research chair.

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      Mentions: Israel Canada Google
    3. EY, Deloitte And PwC Embrace Artificial Intelligence For Tax And Accounting

      EY, Deloitte And PwC Embrace Artificial Intelligence For Tax And Accounting

      Tax preparation, auditing and strategy consulting are services that have historically relied on an intensive use of human capital. Artificial intelligence (AI) now threatens these business models. Technologies such as natural language processing (NLP) and robotic process automation (RPA) complete in mere hours what human auditors took weeks to do. Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are three of the famed Big Four tax and accounting companies.

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      Mentions: Reuters Lisbon Google
    4. Where Apple Recruits Its AI Talent, According To LinkedIn

      Where Apple Recruits Its AI Talent, According To LinkedIn

      Apple appears to have doubled its headcount in artificial intelligence and related fields since 2014–and more than tripled its number of PhD holders in the sector–as tech companies race to build a generation of smarter products. That’s one conclusion from an analysis of more than 600 Apple employees who specialize in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and other disciplines related to AI.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    5. Do You Fear the Future Of AI In The Banking World?

      Do You Fear the Future Of AI In The Banking World?

      Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be taking the banking industry by storm. When you see tech titans such as Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Facebook all investing in the same space, you know it is hot. There are so many different applications for AI and they are increasing daily. Essentially, AI has three major technologies: cognitive computing, machine learning and natural language processing. As a result of these digital tools, there has been a significant shift in the banking industry.

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    6. Shutterstock's composition photo search is powered by AI

      "This tool allows users to specify one or more keywords, or to search for copy space, and arrange them spatially on a canvas to reflect the specific layout of the image they are seeking," a press release reads. "The patent pending tool uses a combination of machine vision, natural language processing and state of the art information retrieval techniques to find strong matches against complex spatially aware search criteria."

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      Mentions: Canada Google Russian
    7. Podcasting App Transcribes Shows for Better Search | Observer

      Podcasting App Transcribes Shows for Better Search | Observer

      We called this one, a long time ago. Since then, we’ve been watching the development of natural language processing in the podcasting space ever since. It’s starting to come together. Podcasts are a product driven by words, spoken words, but, unlike words in text, they are not words that are easily indexed by the crawling robots of Mountain View and Redmond (that is, Google’s and Bing’s).

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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      Mentions: Beijing Reuters China
    11. 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
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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
    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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      Mentions: New York Amazon Apple
    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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