Isabelle Olsson, Google's Head of Industrial Design for Home, speaks about the Google Home Mini during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2017. Q: With the Equifax breach, I am worried that hackers can steal money from my bank account. A: The sheer number of victims is massive, and it keeps climbing with every new report. Meanwhile, Equifax has done a miserable job of comforting its customers, and the fallout has left far more questions than answers. The best thing you can do for your security is to establish two-factor authentication on your bank account.
In my house, we use it to play radio stations, to get the weather, and to answer questions like "When was the Edo period?" One thing I don't often use the Echo for is music. That's because it sounds terrible. As good as Amazon's Alexa voice service is, the Echo's black tin can croaks out audio just a notch better than the 20-year-old Coby FM radio I keep in the garage. Amazon has taken steps to improve the Echo's sound quality with a reboot last month, and companies like Lenovo have coaxed Alexa into nicer-sounding enclosures.
A new feature allows users to ask Amazon's voice assistant Alexa to play "baby making jazz music." The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company Wednesday announced an immediately available update to its Sonos app allowing Amazon devices such as the Echo and Dot speakers to control their current Sonos speakers and systems with Amazon's digital assistant Alexa. Last week, Amazon unveiled a new $99 Echo speaker -- and a $149.99 And Google is expected to update its Google Assistant-controlled devices at an event today. With the update within the new Sonos app, those current Sonos speaker owners can use Alexa to control Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Sirius XM, and TuneIn over their speakers.
Their goals are to develop a device-independent platform to support spoken interfaces and allow them to play well with Siri, Alexa or whomever joins them in the future as well as build the internal expertise within the BBC around spoken-interface technology. Additionally, the BBC research and development team is brainstorming and experimenting with all the interaction and content platforms that two-way communication on speaking devices would allow. The BBC collaborated with other internal teams who are working on similar projects to develop their own engine for speech to text and natural language processing. One of the BBC's first publicly presented experiments from this work is the development of an original interactive audio drama pilot that uses the BBC's "story engine" and was created specifically for voice devices.
Steven Croft, the Lord Bishop of Oxford, who is a member of the House of Lords' Artificial Intelligence Committee, said jobs would be lost as more "mundane tasks" become automated. His comments come as experts have warned robots could take over from humans as developments in artificial intelligence threaten to become smarter than those who create it. Speaking on Sunday on BBC Radio 4, Dr Croft said issues needed to be tackled including our use of data. Asked where future pressure points could arise, he said: "The first one I would say is data and the issue of control of our data, which is really slightly out of control at the moment and the Government is proposing new legislation this year to catch up with the technology.
Now, however, researchers at MIT have started using radio signals and artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze patients' sleep stages without physical sensors and they're reporting a high rate of accuracy. While other systems use radio signals to monitor sleep, this is the first study that claims a high rate of accuracy (80 percent) as measured against EEG recordings. The RF signals gather some irrelevant information when tracking sleep, so the MIT team had to come up with new algorithms to help separate out the important data. The new sleep monitoring system uses deep neural networks and unique, MIT-written AI algorithms to analyze the data to translate the raw information to valuable sleep data.
Researchers have devised a new way to monitor sleep stages without sensors attached to the body. Their device uses an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze the radio signals around the person and translate those measurements into sleep stages: light, deep, or rapid eye movement (REM).
On Inside Business this week we discuss Artificial Intelligence and ask how it's going to affect our lives, and see how Northern Ireland is involved? We are joined by; Austin Tanney, head of life science at Analytics Engines; Dr Michaela Black, head of computing and intelligent systems at Ulster University; Queen's student Rachael Coulter, who has attended an AI Camp this summer; and Tom Gray, head of digital at Catapult NI. Also on the programme is Belfast-born Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield.