Representation & Reasoning


The best Black Friday deals 2017

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here. The first sale we've seen on the upgraded model of the Echo.The 2nd Generation Amazon Echo is our pick in our guide to the best Alexa-compatible smart-home devices for Amazon Echo. We wrote, "An Amazon Echo offers a convenient interface for your smart home and provides functionality that an app on your phone can't.


Here are the smart home devices that you should get for your parents on Black Friday

Mashable

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. With Black Friday finally upon us and the holidays fast approaching, there's no better time to get your parents pumped about the idea of living in a smart home. This holiday, take them into the 21st century by gifting them some devices to make their lives a little easier. Here are some of the coolest selections that your parents will totally dig for the holidays. They'll probably get a kick out of using voice commands for their music, and asking Alexa about the weather and ordering a Lyft can only make them more excited.


Amazon Echo Show review: the smart speaker with a screen has great potential

The Guardian

The Amazon Echo Show takes the Alexa voice assistant and squeezes it into a cross between a digital photo frame, small TV and smart speaker for something that's more than just an interesting novelty. The Echo Show is effectively what you get if you took an Alexa-integrated Fire tablet, put a powerful speaker on the bottom and framed it with glossy black plastic. The result is a rather monolithic look. For such a small thing it looks fairly imposing, and has split opinion of visitors to my house 50:50 on whether it's attractive, but placed in a corner or on a shelf, it can easily blend in with the surroundings. In fact, when it's not actively doing something, the Echo Show can operate like a smart, internet-connected version of those digital photo frames that quickly went out of fashion.


AI is helping marketers treat people like individuals Access AI

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While advancements in big data analytics have done a good job at helping marketers target mass markets and people of like interests, they fall short of understanding a person's unique interests and going that extra mile of treating people like individuals. While there is no argument that people have overlapping interests, there is a false assumption that just because a person falls into a certain category (i.e. A person will express hundreds of different interests that extend beyond any given category; this is what makes a person unique. Big data approaches don't treat people like individuals. Instead, they tend to bucket people into broad categories.


The Sonos One is already on sale for you because Black Friday treats you right

Mashable

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We'll get right to it: The Sonos One smart speaker is on sale for $175. With Alexa's help, you can play songs from your favorite music streaming service, check traffic and weather, and even connect with other Sonos sound devices to play music anywhere in your house. As of December 21, Sonos One will even work with Spotify voice commands and starting next year, it will support Google Assistant. Mashable's own Brett Williams got to try out the Sonos One and had this to say: The Sonos One works just fine as a smart hub, from what I saw and heard -- you use it just like Amazon's Echo line -- but it really stands out with rich audio quality and the ability to connect with and control other Sonos speakers all around their house to create a premium smart audio platform.


AI for Education - Business Reporter

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Visit John Keble Primary School in Hampshire and you will see Year Six pupils being captivated by the magic of machine learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us and many of these 10 and 11 year olds and their parents will have used AI assistants such as Amazon's Alexa to play music or turn their lights on and off. Do they understand how these devices work? Experts from IBM visited the school to demonstrate its Watson question and answer computer system which uses machine learning and natural language programming. The children played the Guess Who Bluemix game to illustrate how cognitive technology works.


Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Walmart, Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon, Target, Best Buy

International Business Times

Holiday shoppers can expect price cuts for numerous electronics, including smart TVs, smartphones and home assistants, for this year's Black Friday. Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Samsung and Microsoft are all offering tech deals, with some offers starting before Black Friday and going on through Cyber Monday. Below are the best tech deals the retailers are offering. WALMART - Acer Aspire ES Laptop - $449, save $100. BEST BUY - Amazon - Echo (2nd generation) - $79.99, save $20. AMAZON - Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablets - save $50 when purchasing two (offer available now).


Data Science and AI in the Travel Industry: 9 Real-Life Use Cases

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"The future travel brand isn't therefore just about moving people from A to B, unveiling new destinations, or organising trips. Instead it is about a thoroughly progressive, completely 360 degree view of the traveller and everything that goes into creating special, unique, memorable experiences." Did you get your tickets directly from the ticket office? In today's fast-paced world, finding time to travel to a ticket office and get your tickets is a luxury few can afford. Indeed, digital travel sales grew rapidly over the last several years, totaling $496.21 billion in 2015.


10 best words to include in your dating profile

Daily Mail

From swiping right to sexting, modern dating can be a minefield. And when it comes to creating an eye-catching online profile it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily help is at hand for singletons struggling to describe themselves as a new study has revealed the buzz words most likely to help you attract a partner on the net. Dating service Match has scoured the most successful profiles on its site to reveal the'trigger words' most likely to bag you a date. The company analysed the text in the'About Me' section of their website to reveal the words that appear most frequently in its top profiles.


Natural Language Processing: Crash Course Computer Science #36

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Today we're going to talk about how computers understand speech and speak themselves. As computers play an increasing role in our daily lives there has been an growing demand for voice user interfaces, but speech is also terribly complicated. Vocabularies are diverse, sentence structures can often dictate the meaning of certain words, and computers also have to deal with accents, mispronunciations, and many common linguistic faux pas. The field of Natural Language Processing, or NLP, attempts to solve these problems, with a number of techniques we'll discuss today. And even though our virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Bixby, and Cortana have come a long way from the first speech processing and synthesis models, there is still much room for improvement.