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    1. Walmart partners with Google to introduce voice-activated shopping

      Walmart partners with Google to introduce voice-activated shopping

      Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

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    2. Artificial intelligence could be the future of banking

      Artificial intelligence could be the future of banking

      Brian O’Donnell is executive in residence at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services. “I don’t trust banks. I believe when the robots rise up, ATMs will lead the charge.” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory Bank customers can be forgiven for wondering how Facebook and Google can seamlessly anticipate and fulfill their requirements, while their bank of 30 years cannot do the same.

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    3. Users face consequences as Facebook struggles to filter hate speech

      Users face consequences as Facebook struggles to filter hate speech

      Last month, Kate Hansen woke up in her home on Vancouver Island and started going about her routine, which included a check-in with Facebook. She was stumped to find that she could no longer post anything or read any messages. Hansen, 40, had a pretty good idea that her account suspension was because of one of two posts. The first was related to a comment expressing her opposition to Facebook recently suspending the accounts of other lesbians for using the word “dyke” on the social network.

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    4. Facebook faces pitfalls in quest to filter hate speech

      Facebook faces pitfalls in quest to filter hate speech

      Last month, Kate Hansen woke up in her home on Vancouver Island and started going about her routine, which included a check-in with Facebook. She was stumped to find that she could no longer post anything or read any messages. Hansen, 40, had a pretty good idea that her account suspension was because of one of two posts. The first was related to a comment expressing her opposition to Facebook recently suspending the accounts of other lesbians for using the word “dyke” on the social network.

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    5. What online comments can reveal about the person behind the keyboard - The Globe and Mail

      What online comments can reveal about the person behind the keyboard - The Globe and Mail

      Print License article In this series, we explore how our online identities intersect with who we really are. Justin Cheng has pored over thousands of profanity-riddled online comments, including many he wishes he had never read. On websites like CNN, Brietbart and gamer-focused IGN, the Stanford PhD student has encountered xenophobic remarks (“you get out of MY country, you f***ing a ”), racially charged complaints (“Every single touchy feely story is about a black basketball player YOU GUYS MAKE ME SO SICK AS A READER !”) and unintelligible diatribes (“Anybody can get away with anything, side with corrupt! No respect in ...

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    6. What online comments can reveal about the person behind the keyboard

      What online comments can reveal about the person behind the keyboard

      In this series, we explore how our online identities intersect with who we really are. Justin Cheng has pored over thousands of profanity-riddled online comments, including many he wishes he had never read. On websites like CNN, Brietbart and gamer-focused IGN, the Stanford PhD student has encountered xenophobic remarks (“you get out of MY country, you f***ing a ”), racially charged complaints (“Every single touchy feely story is about a black basketball player YOU GUYS MAKE ME SO SICK AS A READER !”) and unintelligible diatribes (“Anybody can get away with anything, side with corrupt! No respect in our country, no ...

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    7. Russell Smith: The absurdity of chatbot conversations shows how we make small talk

      Russell Smith: The absurdity of chatbot conversations shows how we make small talk

      Have you ever tried talking to a chatbot? That’s the kind of question chatbots themselves like to ask – open-ended, personal, prying. I chatted with one all morning (Cleverbot – a “crowdsourced dialogue tree”) and tried to get personal information out of it (like: What is your gender?) but all I got in return were questions about myself (like: Why do you always ask about gender?). And then some random accusations and insults. (You are stupid!)

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    8. Meet Andrew Ingram, an automated assistant that will schedule meetings for you

      Meet Andrew Ingram, an automated assistant that will schedule meetings for you

      A A I was a little put off by Andrew Ingram at first, to be honest. I was trying to set up an interview with Derek Mortensen, founder of automated scheduling tool X.ai, and Andrew, his assistant, kept coming back to me with inopportune times. His first suggestion was late in the day and when I told him that didn’t work, he offered another appointment a few days later. We went back and forth and I got the sense he didn’t understand that I was on a tight deadline.

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    9. IBM hones Watson the supercomputer's skills

      Supercomputers can do a lot more than play chess and win game shows. But you wouldn’t necessarily know that from IBM PR stunts over the years – such as when the tech company pitted its Deep Junior device in 2003 with chess master Garry Kasparov, or the matchup between its Watson computer and two Jeopardy champions last year. This Jan. 13, 2011 file photo provided by IBM shows the company's Watson computer in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Next week, Eric Brown, of IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, will
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    10. Google in translation pact for European patents

      Google in translation pact for European patents
      Globe and MailGoogle in translation pact for European patentsGlobe and Mail“Machine translation helps to overcome language barriers and make information contained in patents globally accessible and available,” said EPO President Benoit Battistelli. “The new translation tool is a further stepping stone to improving innovation ...and more »
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    11. From the archives: How Julie Payette's childhood dreams sent her into orbit - The Globe and Mail

      From the archives: How Julie Payette's childhood dreams sent her into orbit - The Globe and Mail

      Print Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2010. Last July, Canadian astronaut Julie Payette rode a rocket as the flight engineer on the space shuttle Endeavour. The 16-day mission was her second trip to the International Space Station. Before leaving, Ms. Payette tucked her younger son’s drawing of the rocket and their house and a tree (so she would remember, he told her) into her spacesuit and displayed it on her clothes locker in space.

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