Semiconductors & Electronics


Samsung scraps calling female assistant 'chipper,' male 'confident'

USATODAY

Samsung's Bixby used descriptions male and female voices that users considered sexist. Samsung hastily scrubbed the descriptions of male and female voices for its newly launched Bixby voice assistant Wednesday after users pointed out describing a woman's voice as "chipper" and "cheerful" and a male voice as "assertive" "confident" played into well-worn gender stereotypes. We have removed the hashtag descriptions from the Bixby service," Samsung said in a statement to USA Today. The male voice was described as "#assertive #confident #clear" while the female voice was described as "#chipper #clear #cheerful".


Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is ready to help in the US

Engadget

The voice component of Samsung's Bixby assistant has been a long time in coming. At last, though, it's becoming widely available: Samsung is officially rolling out Bixby's voice assistance to S8 and S8 Plus owners in the US. It can also read out the latest text messages in Samsung's official app, so you can catch up on conversations while your hands are tied. Still, this makes Bixby's voice assistant much more accessible.


Samsung's latest acquisition could give Bixby its voice

Engadget

Despite unveiling Bixby in March, Samsung's digital assistant remains an elusive beast. However, the Korean manufacturer's latest acquisition sounds like it's tailor-made for the voice assistant -- and any other Bixby-powered devices it may have in the pipeline. The startup's library of 29 synthetic voices in 15 languages (including Hindi and German) should come in handy for Bixby's inevitable global rollout. In particular, Samsung will be eyeing Innoetics' "English US" voice program, a crucial vernacular that the company is still busy tinkering with.


Miniaturizing the brain of a drone

MIT News

Standard computer chips for quadcoptors and other similarly sized drones process an enormous amount of streaming data from cameras and sensors, and interpret that data on the fly to autonomously direct a drone's pitch, speed, and trajectory. The team, led by Sertac Karaman, the Class of 1948 Career Development Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and Vivienne Sze, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, developed a low-power algorithm, in tandem with pared-down hardware, to create a specialized computer chip. The group quickly realized that conventional chip design techniques would likely not produce a chip that was small enough and provided the required processing power to intelligently fly a small autonomous drone. For each version of the algorithm that was implemented on the FPGA chip, the researchers observed the amount of power that the chip consumed as it processed the incoming data and estimated its resulting position in space.


33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert

PCWorld

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The Logical Automation – Guy Perelmuter – Medium

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The progress made in artificial intelligence techniques allows computer to learn how to infer and extrapolate based on situations presented and taught to them over time. Algorithms -- the instruction set followed by a computer to perform a given task -- thus, become more efficient and intelligent, being able to perform tasks previously only within the reach of humans. Whether this rhythm will continue in the future is a matter of debate, but with the creation of new techniques in integrated circuit development, it is reasonable to assume that the world will continue to move towards more powerful processors and more efficient computational architectures. By combining ever-cheaper data storage, algorithms capable of digesting unimaginable amounts of information in ever-shorter time intervals, faster processors, and artificial intelligence techniques that ensure flexibility and adaptability, the ingredients needed to solve problems and run typically human tasks are available.


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The Independent

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The Independent

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PCWorld

Nest Cam IQ comes with a host of new features, including facial recognition and smart audio alerts. Nest IQ includes a 4K, 8-megapixel image sensor that improves 1080p video quality. A 10-day Nest Aware subscription runs $10 a month or $100 a year for one camera, and $5 a month for each additional camera. With its facial recognition, smart audio alerts, and stellar image quality, the Nest Cam IQ improves significantly on the already estimable Nest Cam.


The Darker Side Of Machine Learning -Semiconductor Engineering

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Machine learning requires good coding methods, asserted Sashi Obilisetty, director of R&D at Synopsys. Related Stories Machine Learning Meets IC Design There are multiple layers in which machine learning can help with the creation of semiconductors, but getting there is not as simple as for other application areas. Plugging Holes In Machine Learning Part 2: Short- and long-term solutions to make sure machines behave as expected. Building Chips That Can Learn Machine learning, AI, require more than just power and performance.