Speech Recognition


Talking to your car is better than ever, thanks to Nuance's voice assistant

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Nuance Communications is the company responsible for the original voice recognition and speech technology for Siri, and the parent of one of the oldest and most-respected voice recognition systems, Dragon Naturally Speaking. One of the key themes, said Nuance Dragon Drive Solutions Marketing Manager Robert Policano, who was seated behind the driver in the Chrysler, is artificial intelligence and "how we use it on top of speech recognition and natural language processing to make it more contextual, offer more relevant results, and make it more humanized." When Ben-Gigi accepted, Dragon Drive pulled up gas stations with a focus on the brand he preferred. "While Apple is building an Apple experience, Nuance is helping BMW build the BMW experience," said Policano.


Google Now Employs AI to Help You Land a New Job

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As promised during its annual developer conference earlier this month, Google launched its search engine for jobs yesterday. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), this specialized job search uses Google's Cloud Jobs API that launched back in 2016 as part of the company's "AI-first" approach. Instead of requiring users to download a new app, this new AI-powered tool allows job seekers in the U.S. to use Google's existing search function, which are accessible via desktop and mobile. However, Google won't handle any of the actual application process, and will simply direct you to the existing job application site.


Ditch your keyboard in 20 languages with Microsoft's new dictation app

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A new app add-on from Microsoft Garage, the company's arm for experimental projects, will bring the next-level speech recognition system used by Cortana to transcribe your words in Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. Dictate can transcribe in 20 languages, and Microsoft claims the AI can provide real-time translation in 60 languages. Voice-based productivity isn't exactly new; Google introduced a dictation feature to Docs last year, even giving users some next-level voice controls to allow for extra formatting and editing power. Microsoft also announced that its speech recognition software was as accurate as humans earlier this year -- but that system hasn't been introduced to its programs just yet.


All in on AI: Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector

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From computer vision systems for autonomous driving to FDA-approved medical imaging, artificial intelligence (AI) is driving public sector innovation. Governments, defense agencies, and other public sector organizations are adding AI into their platform, solutions, and products to perform tasks that usually require human-level intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision making, or translation. With the announcement of Amazon Polly, we're excited about the ability to provide an even better experience to these customers by delivering incredibly lifelike voices that will captivate and engage our audience," said John Worsfold, Solutions Implementation Manager, Royal National Institute of Blind People. Health: Ohio Health, a nonprofit health organization, is utilizing evolving speech recognition and natural language processing technology to enhance the lives of its customers.


When AI Can Transcribe Everything

The Atlantic

Despite the recent emergence of browser-based transcription aids, transcription's an area of drudgery in the modern Western economy where machines can't quite squeeze human beings out of the equation. That is until last year, when Microsoft built one that could. Automatic speech recognition, or ASR, is an area that has gripped the firm's chief speech scientist, Xuedong Huang, since he entered a doctoral program at Scotland's Edinburgh University. Huang and his colleagues used their software to transcribe the NIST 2000 CTS test set, a bundle of recorded conversations that's served as the benchmark for speech recognition work for more than 20 years.


Bixby Voice Assistant Release Date: Galaxy S8 Owners Can Now Sign Up, Here's How

International Business Times

Owners of a Samsung Galaxy 8 or Galaxy S8 can now try the smartphones' much-awaited virtual assistant, Bixby -- if you sign up. Bixby has not been officially launched in the United States, but Samsung announced Galaxy 8 owners can now sign up on its site to try a preview version of the feature. If you want to try the Bixby Early Access Program you should hurry, since participation is limited. If you don't have an email account with Samsung, you can go on your device to: Settings Accounts Accounts Add Account Create Account.


Gridsum and Tencent Cloud Debut Intelligent Voice Recognition System to Support Legal Services in China - NASDAQ.com

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BEIJING, June 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gridsum Holding Inc. ("Gridsum" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:GSUM), a leading provider of cloud-based big-data analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence solutions in China, today announced the debut of the Intelligent Voice Recognition System jointly developed with Tencent Cloud to help improve the efficiency of the legal system across China. On June 10, the system was demonstrated to senior government officials, including Zhou Qiang, the chief justice and president of China's Supreme People's Court, at the Intermediate People's Court of Chongzuo City in Guangxi. The system fully demonstrates the power of information technology and targeted AI to provide more effective legal services, Chief Justice Zhou said after the demonstration. Gridsum may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.


Artificial intelligence turns critical for banks facing nimble fintech rivals

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The most visible examples of AI, however, are the customer service rendering digital assistants, and chatbots such as Erica, aLVin, Eva, and MyKai, which are becoming familiar names to banking consumers. It has taken 50 years since the launch of Eliza--the first chatbot to mimic human conversation – for the technology to evolve to its current state, where its natural language processing ability is strong enough to answer queries, respond to voice commands, render services, make recommendations and initiate actions. Our recent report titled'Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence' indicates that AI adoption is on the rise and by year 2020 it will contribute, 39% increase in revenue and 37% decrease in operating costs for businesses. AI is also being deployed by banks in non-customer facing tasks like credit risk management, where machine learning algorithms identify repayment patterns and predict the chances of default.


Artificial intelligence turns critical for banks facing nimble fintech rivals

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The most visible examples of AI, however, are the customer service rendering digital assistants, and chatbots such as Erica, aLVin, Eva, and MyKai, which are becoming familiar names to banking consumers. It has taken 50 years since the launch of Eliza--the first chatbot to mimic human conversation – for the technology to evolve to its current state, where its natural language processing ability is strong enough to answer queries, respond to voice commands, render services, make recommendations and initiate actions. Our recent report titled'Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence' indicates that AI adoption is on the rise and by year 2020 it will contribute, 39% increase in revenue and 37% decrease in operating costs for businesses. AI is also being deployed by banks in non-customer facing tasks like credit risk management, where machine learning algorithms identify repayment patterns and predict the chances of default.


M*Modal Enhances its Artificial Intelligence Platform to Support the Epic NoteReader CDI Workflow

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FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwired - June 14, 2017) - M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding solutions, announced that its artificial intelligence (AI) powered portfolio of solutions is further enhanced to also support the Epic NoteReader CDI (Clinical Documentation Improvement) module. Along with the embedded M*Modal Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) technology, Epic NoteReader CDI also utilizes the M*Modal CAPD infrastructure and rigorous reporting capabilities to deliver automated physician feedback. Already utilized by several joint clients, these advanced workflows enable the M*Modal technology platform to analyze clinical notes and deliver real-time physician feedback on gaps and variance in problem, medication and allergy lists. M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity.