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Measure Your Creativity With Natural language processing!


Natural language processing by means of artificial intelligence is nothing new. Siri helps us with our schedule and Alexa answers our questions about different stuff. But NLP possibilities are not limited to simply answering questions. An ultra-large neural network GPT-3 by Open AI, has been recently released for public use and shows amazing results in solving logical problems and giving answers to general questions. A larger and even smarter neural network and text generation and understanding has been released by DeepMind. Scientists faced the problem of a quick way to assess creativity.

Meet Sri Lankan Researcher -- Jayakody Kankanamalage Chamani Shiranthika


What are you currently working on or worked on before? I worked on international research projects related to Artificial Intelligence research areas. My main research area is reinforcement learning. Apart from that, I engaged in machine learning-related research projects related to personalized recommendations, cancer chemotherapy treatments, frailty analysis, cancer patients' survival rates analysis, etc. Other core research areas I have worked in areas like the travel industry, Internet, Internet of Things, air pollution, behavioral sciences computing, convolutional neural nets, environmental factors, health care,human-computer interaction, recommender systems, recurrent neural nets, sentiment analysis, social networking (online), time series, unsupervised learning, etc. I am seeking research collaboration opportunities, academic positions, industrial AI events, worldwide, and would love to work on collaborative projects.

Artificial Intelligence 'AI' and additional needs


Something a little more unusual in this blog post as we are going to be exploring how Artificial Intelligence can be a tool that we can use to help and support people, of any age with additional needs or disabilities, in our churches. "Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools…" So, has anything changed since then? And what does today's Artificial Intelligence, or'AI', offer as technological solutions for disabled people, particularly in our church settings? What can we learn about'AI' together, that can enable us to better serve and support disabled people in our church communities?

The People in Intimate Relationships With AI Chatbots


Different from digital assistants, like Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, artificially intelligent (AI) conversational chatbots learn by speaking with their user. Resembling animated sim-like avatars that blink and fidget as a real person would, users are invited to design their Replika's appearance when setting up the app – choosing its gender, hairstyle, ethnicity and eye colour. Later, you can use coins and gems to purchase add-ons like clothes, tattoos, facial hair, and interests (including anime, K-pop, gardening, and basketball). The more you chat, the more currency you receive – and the more intelligent your Replika becomes. Before you know it, they've developed an illusion of emotional awareness that's eerily similar to your conversations down the pub.

Recommender Systems and Deep Learning in Python


What do I mean by "recommender systems", and why are they useful? Let's look at the top 3 websites on the Internet, according to Alexa: Google, YouTube, and Facebook. Recommender systems form the very foundation of these technologies. They are why Google is the most successful technology company today. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's accidentally spent hours on YouTube when I had more important things to do! Just how do they convince you to do that? Facebook: So powerful that world governments are worried that the newsfeed has too much influence on people!

Light up you home with these Philips Hue smart bulbs for just $60


If you're looking to light up your humble abode with smart bulbs, we've got the deal for you. Philips is selling its four-bulb E26 starter kit for just $60. The bulbs are the equivalent to 60 watt incandescent bulbs, but have a maximum operation power of 10 watts. The bulbs integrate with all the popular voice assistants including Amazon's Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. You can also control the lights from your smartphone using the Hue app.

Amazon confirms Alexa outage in UK and mainland Europe

The Guardian

Amazon has confirmed its Alexa virtual assistant service suffered an outage in the UK and mainland Europe but is now back to normal. The Downdetector website reported a wave of Alexa outages in the UK and across Europe on Friday morning at about 7am GMT, with the reports spread throughout the UK. An Amazon spokesperson said: "This morning we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers' ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally." Many users said they had been left unable to wake their voice-activated Amazon Echo smart devices, with some seeing a ring of red lights and a message asking them to try again later or that "something went wrong".

The Echo Dot has been reduced from £39.99 to just £21.99 thanks to this Amazon deal

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, MailOnline may earn an affiliate commission. Amazon has continued to drop incredible deals in their New Year sale, and if you're looking to upgrade your smart home, we've found Amazon device deals you won't want to miss. Today the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is now 45 per cent off, so you can score the hockey puck-shaped smart speaker for just £21.99 (typically £39.99). This isn't the only Amazon Echo device on sale right now, as the retailer has slashed the Echo Dot (4th Gen) price by 40 per cent to just £29.99.

Alexa crashes leaving users across the UK unable to get a response from their Echo speakers

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has crashed across Europe this morning -- leaving some frustrated users unable to turn off their alarms. According to Down Detector, a website that monitors such issues, there have been more than 8,000 reports of problems with the smart device. Issues first began to surface at around 07:00 GMT today. When issuing voice commands to Alexa devices, users are either being met with silence or have received messages saying'something went wrong'. Amazon's smart assistant Alexa appears to have crashed across Europe this morning -- leaving some frustrated users unable to turn off their alarms It appears the issue is affecting Amazon's range of Echo speakers as well as the retail giant's Fire TV Stick and Amazon Alexa app for smartphones.

Tinder is charging young gay and lesbian users and over-30s up to 48% more

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder is charging young gay and lesbian users and people over 30 up to 48 per cent more for its premium service, an investigation has revealed. Consumer group Which? said its findings suggest possible discrimination and a potential breach of UK law by the popular dating app. Tinder said it was'categorically untrue' that its pricing structure discriminates by sexual preference. It would not explain why people are charged different prices for its Tinder Plus service, rather than just a blanket fee, but did admit that older people have to pay more in some countries. The dating app claimed that this price difference was'a discount for younger users', but Which?