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    1. The future of translation is part human, part machine

      The future of translation is part human, part machine

      The future of translation is part human, part machine Ben Screen, PhD Researcher, Cardiff University Shutterstock More Imagine a world where everyone can perfectly understand each other. Language is translated as we speak, and awkward moments of trying to be understood are a thing of the past. This elusive idea is something that developers have been chasing for years.

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    2. PartyBOT is an AI that uses facial recognition and other tech to get your toes tapping

      PartyBOT is an AI that uses facial recognition and other tech to get your toes tapping

      PartyBOT is an AI who loves to party. You know that because it totally says so in his name. And he uses some pretty darn smart artificial intelligence to make sure you'll enjoy partying, too. More Subscribe on YouTube Ever wish Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri would let their hair down, stop being such know-it-all busybodies, and head out for a night on the town While it’s likely better to have some regular human friends to fill this role, you may still be interested to hear about PartyBOT.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Siri
    3. You can now manage your bank account with emojis

      You can now manage your bank account with emojis

      View photos We rarely go to the bank anymore. Our main interaction with these money-tending edifices is through the tiny money-spitting mouths of ATMs. But we miss the human interaction. It's unlikely we'll ever get that same-level of human-banker contact back, but at least Capital One is giving us a banking chat bot, the first, they claim, SMS-based one in the U.S. And it can speak emoji. The bank unveiled its new mobile technology, called Eno , at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Friday.

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      Mentions: Google London Texas
    4. The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can't touch

      The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can't touch

      View photos Over her nearly 60-year life, Barbie has taken on many forms, but she’s never been a hologram. Now, though, she is having a truly out-of-body experience, showing up in her first holographic figure, Hello Barbie Hologram. Barbie parent company Mattel unveiled the semi-translucent and chatty AI figure, which lives inside a pink plastic box, on Friday at the New York Toy Fair.

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    5. Amazon opens up Alexa's brain to developers

      Amazon opens up Alexa's brain to developers

      View photos Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f302234%2fn85a7972 More Amazon just added the artificial intelligence behind its Echo speakers to the list of services it offers to businesses. The company introduced a new service Wednesday called Lex , which allows developers and businesses to tap into the AI smarts that power Alexa for their own bots.

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    6. Robot astronaut to robot girlfriend: Kibo project points to future of artificial companions

      Robot astronaut to robot girlfriend: Kibo project points to future of artificial companions

      The first ever robot astronaut has finished an 18-month stint on board the International Space Station (ISS) and has now returned to Earth for a new mission: to keep people company. "The project itself is a sort of giant project," Yorichika Nishijima, a senior robotics designer at Dentsu, told IBTimes UK. The Kibo Robot Project originally formed from a collaboration between the University of ...

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      Mentions: Japan Tokyo London
    7. Nick D'Aloisio's Summly Reborn as Yahoo's News Digest

      Nick D'Aloisio's Summly Reborn as Yahoo's News Digest

      The startup Summly, created by UK teenager Nick D'Aloisio, has been reimagined as Yahoo's News Digest. Sold in March 2013 for a reported $30 million, Summly was an app for iOS devices which summarised news articles into a couple of sentences using algorithms based on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Less than a year after the sale, D'Aloisio, who is now a product manager ...

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    8. Text your Washing Machine and Fridge With LG's HomeChat Service

      Text your Washing Machine and Fridge With LG's HomeChat Service

      It might sound like the fevered dream of a misanthropist, but LG's new HomeChat service will allow you to interact with your fridge, oven, vacuum cleaner or washing machine by simply sending a text message. Using natural language, you will be able to send messages like "How are you doing?" to your washing machine to get an update on how your current wash is doing. Called the "easiest and ...

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      Mentions: Las Vegas Samsung CES
    9. EU unveils faster translation engine as job cuts loom

      EU unveils faster translation engine as job cuts loom
      BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new translation engine that can cut faster through the rarefied vocabulary of Brussels technocrats in 23 European languages will be rolled out by the European Commission in July in an effort to cut costs. The in-house system, known as MT@EC, will be more familiar with EU jargon than online translation services such as Google Translate and will be faster and more efficient ...
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