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    1. This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human

      This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human

      This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human 245 A Siri that you understand as well as it understands you. Image: Shutterstock / nenetus 2017-06-15 21:20:14 UTC The next Siri won’t put the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble. That’s more or less the promise Apple made during last week’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote . Demonstrating onstage, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, asked Siri about the weather.

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    2. This adorable, Spock-inspired chatbot wants to talk about your mental health

      This adorable, Spock-inspired chatbot wants to talk about your mental health

      This adorable chatbot wants to talk about your mental health 395 By Rebecca Ruiz 2017-06-08 18:50:25 UTC When you launch Woebot in Facebook Messenger, the chatbot's cerulean blue eyes peer out from the screen. He looks concerned, a little quizzical. He invites you to chat. Within a few messages he explains his purpose: "So here's how I work, I'm going to ask you about your mood and as I get to know you, I'll teach you some good stuff."

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    3. Battle Royale: Trump's stock-shaking tweets vs. Wall Street's robots

      Battle Royale: Trump's stock-shaking tweets vs. Wall Street's robots

      Battle Royale: Trump's stock-shaking tweets vs. Wall Street's robots 0 A F-35 Fighter performs at the 2016 Chicago Air & Water Show. Image: AP By Jason Abbruzzese 2016-12-12 17:45:20 UTC There's a new stock market rhythm emerging: Donald Trump tweets about a company, and its stock goes straight down. The entire thing happens in a matter of seconds, which on Wall Street is plenty of time for thousands of shares to be bought and sold. It happened to Boeing and biotech companies last week.

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    4. Google opens Machine Learning Research Center in Europe to further explore AI

      Google opens Machine Learning Research Center in Europe to further explore AI

      Google opens Machine Learning Research Center in Europe to further explore AI 0 2016-06-16 14:47:49 UTC If there was any doubt that artificial intelligence is the future of technology, look no further than Google. It's making a major commitment to Machine Learning (perhaps the only form of AI that matters ), by dedicating a Zurich-based research group to it. The company announced the new AI research push on Thursday in a blog post .

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    5. Here's how bots work on Facebook Messenger

      Here's how bots work on Facebook Messenger

      Facebook's Messenger bots have finally arrived.  Following months of rumors, the company revealed its plan to allow businesses to build bots for Messenger Tuesday at Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco.  Though the developers in attendance are only just getting a closer look at how these bots will work, Facebook has already been working with a few dozen partners whose bots are ...

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    6. Facebook Messenger bots are here and they want to kill apps

      Facebook Messenger bots are here and they want to kill apps

      As predicted , developers can now build bots inside Facebook Messenger. The announcement was one of the highlights of Facebook’s jam-packed F8 schedule and it further proves what many have been predicting for a long time, bots are the future. Right now, the bots that are available are more limited – and the discovery process isn’t perfect – but it’s clear now, more than ever, that bots make a ...

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    7. Google Docs now lets you edit and format documents with your voice

      Google Docs now lets you edit and format documents with your voice

      Google Docs just stepped up its voice features in a big way Nearly six months after introducing voice typing for Google Docs, the company is adding voice commands, which allow you to edit and format documents with only your voice. See also: Google Docs now lets you type without typing at all The extensive list of commands includes just about everything you could possibly do to a document ...

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    8. Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

      Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

      If you live in China and you've been on WeChat , there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human. Xiaoice is a program. See also: A computer beat a champion of the strategy game Go ...

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    9. Apple acquires a startup that can read your emotions using AI

      Apple has joined the AI party. The Cupertino giant confirmed Thursday that it has acquired Emotient Inc., a startup that says it can read human emotions using artificial intelligence. The tech works by analyzing facial expressions and then using those expressions to interpret how people feel. Thus far, as The Wall Street Journal notes, the company has sold its product to advertisers who want ...

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    10. Tourists in Japan could get robot translators starting next year

      Tourists in Japan could get robot translators starting next year

      Japanese companies looking to reach foreign visitors could soon get some help from robots. Kinki Nippon Tourist is partnering with Japanese technology firm FueTrek to make robot translators a reality. Beginning early next year, the companies plan to offer small robots, tablet computers and wearable devices that would be able to translate several languages between foreigners and locals, according ...

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    11. Why every tech company needs to integrate empathy

      Why every tech company needs to integrate empathy

      DBA is a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management. Humans have been building solutions that make us better, faster and stronger since we discovered that we could fashion tools out of rocks and twigs. Our earliest technological innovations focused on amplifying our physical skills, but once Alan Turing ...

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    12. IBM wants to help China fight air pollution with artificial intelligence

      IBM wants to help China fight air pollution with artificial intelligence

      IBM is testing a new way to alleviate Beijing's choking air pollution with the help of artificial intelligence. The Chinese capital, like many other cities across the country, is surrounded by factories, many fueled by coal, that emit harmful particulates. But pollution levels can vary depending on factors such as industrial activity, traffic congestion, and weather conditions. The IBM ...

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    13. Robots: They make pancakes and pizza, just like us

      Robots: They make pancakes and pizza, just like us

      If you've ever needed to know how to tie a bowtie or fix a strawberry daiquiri, you likely ended up on a website like WikiHow for step-by-step instructions. Surprisingly, some robots are now doing the same. A robot called PR2 in Germany is learning to prepare pancakes and pizzas by carefully reading through WikiHow's written directions. It's part of a European project called RoboHow , which is ...

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    14. Smart Dino Toy is powered by a super computer

      Smart Dino Toy is powered by a super computer

      If Yoda and Barney had a baby, it might be CogniToy. The cute but immobile talking dinosaur toy from Element Path, unveiled at the NY Toy Fair on Monday, is the first children’s toy to tap into IBM’s powerful Watson cognitive computing system. See also: IBM Watson is starting to think in Japanese for the first time The video for the Kickstarter project, which launches today, depicts a small ...

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    15. Facebook buys Wit.ai, a speech recognition startup

      Facebook buys Wit.ai, a speech recognition startup

      Facebook may soon be able to understand you a bit better — or at least your voice Facebook has agreed to acquire Wit.ai , a speech recognition and natural language processing service. The deal could help the social networking company develop voice features for Messenger and help the Facebook developer community See also: Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my! A rep for ...

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    16. How to Shift PR From Vanity Metrics to Value-Driven Measurement

      How to Shift PR From Vanity Metrics to Value-Driven Measurement

      This article is part of SWOT Team , a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations. Vanity, to any degree, is typically a substitute for things (or people) that lack true substance. The truth is, in our modern, self-obsessed culture, we all suffer from some level of vanity — but beyond a certain threshold, it shifts from tolerable ...

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    17. Yelp Translator Takes the Guesswork Out Of Foreign Reviews

      Yelp Translator Takes the Guesswork Out Of Foreign Reviews

      Yelp users traveling overseas may come across language barriers when reading local reviews. But the popular app is now making it easier to experience the platform, with an automatic translator powered by Bing. Bing Translator will bring 15 languages to the site, including Spanish, French, Italian, English, Swedish and Japanese. When the user clicks on a single review or on a group of reviews ...

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    18. LinkedIn Buys Newsle to Show Relevant News About People in Your Network

      LinkedIn Buys Newsle to Show Relevant News About People in Your Network

      LinkedIn is buying Newsle, a web app for surfacing news about people in your network, the two companies announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Newsle was founded three years ago and had about two million users at the time of the acquisition. The startup, which had raised more than $2 million in funding, uses machine learning algorithms and natural language processing ...

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    19. Tempo Smart Calendar Upgrade Means It Really 'Gets' You

      Tempo Smart Calendar Upgrade Means It Really 'Gets' You

      One of the iPhone's smartest calendar apps just got a little smarter. Tempo AI, the company behind Tempo, rolled out a redesigned app that adds support for iOS' Reminders app and Waze . The update also includes natural language processing for easier event creation. See also: 10 Apps You Need to Dominate Your Work Day One of Tempo's most useful features is its ability to automatically find ...

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    20. Microsoft Unveils Real-Time Speech Translation for Skype

      Microsoft Unveils Real-Time Speech Translation for Skype

      RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, just steered the company into exciting and relatively uncharted territory: near real-time speech-to-speech translation "It’s been a dream of humanity ever since we started to speak and we wanted to cross the language boundary," said Nadella. Speaking at Re/Code 's inaugural Code Conference (formerly the "D Conference") in ...

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    21. Qualcomm's Toq Smartwatch Lets You Text Without Typing

      Qualcomm's Toq Smartwatch Lets You Text Without Typing

      Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch got the Dick Tracy treatment on Monday with a new feature dubbed "Toq Talk."

      Powered by Nuance's voice-to-text technology, Toq Talk lets owners create and respond to text messages using their voices.

      Nuance is one of the industry leaders in in speech recognition and natural language processing. It powers Siri on iOS and is embedded in many other systems spanning various industries. Nuance also powers the voice-input on the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

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