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Why voice is a game changer for market research WARC

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Voice and the rise of home devices and smart speakers are opening up new possibilities for researchers, enabling respondents to engage beyond simply typing a response and creating opportunities for ongoing dialogue. In an ESOMAR paper, What market research can learn from Alexa & Siri, a trio of authors – Young Ham (Kantar Australia), Jason Dodge (Kantar US) and Rebecca Southern (Kantar Australia) – extol the benefits of chatbots and AI. "These can help bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative, offering more in-depth ways to better understand today's consumers," they write. "These give the chance to participate in a more interactive, flowing manner that is more conversational than a typed response." And for marketing and insights teams, they add, "AI can deliver smarter, more impactful consumer engagement... at scale".


What leaders need to know about AI

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Organizations today are focused on identifying avenues to introduce AI into daily tasks and deliverables. While the common perception is that it creates a sense of insecurity among employees, contrary to this belief, employees are in fact more receptive and ready to deploy AI into their work, a study by Dale Carnegie reveals. During a roundtable discussion on "Preparing people for the Human Machine Partnerships of the future," conducted by Dale Carnegie in New Delhi, experts explored ways in which industry leaders can incorporate AI technology into their HR Tech, performance feedback systems, upskilling initiatives, etc. The panel discussion was led by Dale Carnegie representatives including Pallavi Jha, MD & Chairperson, Dale Carnegie of India; Mark Marone, Director - Research & Thought Leadership, Dale Carnegie and Associates; Juliette Dennett, Managing Director, Dale Carnegie Northern England; and Jordan Wang, Managing Director New South Wales, Dale Carnegie Australia. The survey that saw participation from 3,846 respondents across 13 countries, aimed to assess the readiness of the global workforce to accept AI in their work, feedback systems, skilling needs, etc., highlighted that 42 percent of the organizations globally are already using AI in one form or the other.


Scientists detect EIGHT new mysterious radio signals coming from deep space

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have found eight more mysterious repeating radio bursts emanating from deep space, which more than quadruples the known number of signals from earlier this year. The new signals were found by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope, and give scientists a much broader data set that they hope may help finally unlock their origin. With the discovery, described in a paper submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the number of repeating radio bursts signals has climbed to 11. The new signals will aid scientists in their efforts to trace the origin and cause of mysterious radio bursts from deep space. According to Nature, the results of a separate observation from researchers in Australia have yet to be published, but bring the number of findings this month alone to nine total.


'Hey Google' to help you set reminders for everyone in the family

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Not all voice assistants can handle the same requests. We put Siri, Alexa and Google to the test. Gone are the days when you'd write a note on a piece of paper to remind someone to do something. Instead, you now leave reminders on your smart speaker. Google Assistant devices in the U.S., U.K. and Australia will get an upgrade over the next few weeks to allow you to set reminders for other people.


People at King's Cross site express unease about facial recognition

The Guardian

Members of the public have said there is no justification for the use of facial recognition technology in CCTV systems operated by a private developer at a 67-acre site in central London. It emerged on Monday that the property developer Argent was using the cameras "in the interests of public safety" in King's Cross, mostly north of the railway station across an area including the Google headquarters and the Central Saint Martins art school, but the precise uses of the technology remained unclear. "For law enforcement purposes, there is some justification, but personally I don't think a private developer has the right to have that in a public place," said Grant Otto, who lives in London. He questioned possible legal issues around the collection of facial data by a private entity and said he was unaware of any protections that would allow people to request their information be removed from a database, with similar rights as those enshrined in GDPR. Jack Ramsey, a tourist from New Zealand, echoed his concerns.


Mysterious, Ancient Radio Signals Keep Pelting Earth. Astronomers Designed an AI to Hunt Them Down.

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Sudden shrieks of radio waves from deep space keep slamming into radio telescopes on Earth, spattering those instruments' detectors with confusing data. And now, astronomers are using artificial intelligence to pinpoint the source of the shrieks, in the hope of explaining what's sending them to Earth from -- researchers suspect -- billions of light-years across space. Usually, these weird, unexplained signals are detected only after the fact, when astronomers notice out-of-place spikes in their data -- sometimes years after the incident. The signals have complex, mysterious structures, patterns of peaks and valleys in radio waves that play out in just milliseconds. That's not the sort of signal astronomers expect to come from a simple explosion, or any other one of the standard events known to scatter spikes of electromagnetic energy across space. Ever since the first one was uncovered in 2007, using data recorded in 2001, there's been an ongoing effort to pin down their source.


Queensland AI (Brisbane, Australia)

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From the curious beginner to the advanced practitioner, this is a group for anyone interested in learning and sharing ideas in AI. We aim to run events to get people together and to support all the great AI initiatives taking place in Queensland. Our Queensland.AI community will also serve as the foundation for the new Queensland AI centre, due to launch in 2019. Check out our website: https://brisbane.ai/


Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species Using AI

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Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University, are helping to protect Australia's biosecurity. In a first of its kind application in Western Australia, AI technology in the field - using IBM Power-9 based hardware and PowerAI Vision technology - is providing scientists with real-time profile of biosecurity threats within seconds, helping them to identify invasive species, even when distinguishing features may not be visible to the human eye.


We're 'Sleepwalking' On The Dangers Of Artificial Intelligence, Experts Warn

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AI has the power to boost the economy, improve environmental sustainability and create a more equitable society -- but there are dangers associated with its rise, the panel of experts has told. The report was developed to give Australians a reference point to understand AI, and what living in a future dominated by the technology will really mean. AI refers to a collection of technologies which give machines the ability to perform tasks and solve problems that would otherwise require the human brain to carry out. While the U.S. and China are undoubtedly leaders in AI technology, Australia is punching well above its weight in terms of establishing systems for mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Australia is also the five-time winner of the world robot soccer competition, the Robocup.


Oracle's New AI Powered Voice

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My family and I continue to have more and more conversations with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant lately. Having three AI based sources within speaking range of each other, we have a tendency to fact check them against one another - especially when someone doesn't quite trust or agree with the answer they get. For example, is Australia considered a continent or is it Oceania? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Who is the best NBA player of all time ever?