Personal Assistant Systems


How smart is Artificial Intelligence?

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The impacts are contributing by automating repetitive task, creating efficiencies, ubiquitously improving user experience, and creating ways for humans to improve our cognition. From a business perspective, enterprise executives are most optimistic about the potential of AI technologies to increase efficiencies via automated communications and alerts to enable more proactive approaches (70%) business challenges. Additionally, our surveyed execs believe virtual personal assistants and automated data analysts are the AI solutions they see most impacting their businesses. Business execs also see potential for AI managers to improve life for employees.


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USATODAY

Apple's new Control Center lets you mix and match your favorite shortcuts in iOS11 (Photo: Apple) MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif -- You don't have to go out and spend $700 on a swanky new iPhone. The latest mobile operating system upgrade, iOS 11, was released Tuesday, and it has "hundreds" of new features, according to Apple. If you go to Settings, Control Center, you can choose what shortcuts you'd like to be in there. The iOS11 operating system upgrade lets you mark up screen shots.


Google's Pixel 2 revealed ahead of unveiling next month

Daily Mail

Rumours have been swirling for months about Google's next Pixel smartphones and the tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube earlier this month, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The rumours follow leaked images earlier in August, which claim to show Google's Pixel 2 handset. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


Does Siri sound different today? Here's why

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Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Basically you took a big library of voice sounds -- "ah," "ess," etc. That speech was then segmented into tiny pieces called half-phones; phones are the smallest sounds that make up speech, but of course they can be said in different ways -- rising, falling, quicker, slower, with more or less aspiration, that kind of thing. All these tiny sound pieces were run through a machine learning model that figures out more or less which piece makes sense in which situation.


What Google doesn't want you to know: Voice search is taking over display search, while Assistant…

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In May 2017, Google announced that its Actions on Google platform was activated for all Android devices natively, meaning that voice search via Google Assistant and Action was fully enabled. Researchers at the Stanford Human Computer Interaction Lab found that with speech recognition, the English input rate was 3.0x faster, and the Mandarin Chinese input rate 2.8x faster, than a state-of-the-art miniature smartphone keyboard. Further, with speech, the English error rate was 20.4% lower, and Mandarin error rate 63.4% lower, than the keyboard. Content creators will have to partner with Google Assistant and Actions, as the new platform, or other interactive platforms like Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger, or Snapchat.


This matchmaking app lets you play cupid for your Facebook friends, whether they like it or not

Mashable

Ever wanted to insert yourself into the love lives of your Facebook friends? This is not the first app to let you meddle in your friend's love lives. For one thing, this is an opt-out system, requiring Hinge users to actively say they'd rather not have their profile visible to anyone they happen to be connected to on Facebook. Have fun letting your Facebook friends set you up!


iOS 11 Release: Design And Features, What's New With Update?

International Business Times

Apple released iOS 11 Tuesday, and with it came major changes to iPhones and iPads. The update came with a new design for icons of many apps, including the Music App, App Store, Calculator, Messages, Contacts, Photos, iTunes Store, as well as Siri. The design for switching keyboards has also changed, bringing on Keyboard Settings and different keyboard placements as options. Pulling the screen up brings the entire Control Center to the screen without swiping to the right for more options.


Google to take on Amazon with $49 mini smart speaker

Daily Mail

The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


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Popular Science

Here's how her newest voice came into the world: Someone read aloud from a book, and Apple recorded it. Apple's goal with those recordings was to gather natural-sounding words and phonemes, or the sounds that comprise our words. To better understand the qualities of Siri's new voice, I sent clips of her speaking American English to Molly Babel, an assistant professor in the department of linguistics at the University of British Columbia. Babel asked me to record Siri saying specific words--among them pasta, pool, and boot--and a passage, well known in linguistics, that contains a plethora of word-sounds.


Roku might be making its own smart speaker

Mashable

First noticed by Variety, Roku has listed open positions that are specific to tying audio with software. For example, Sr. Software Engineer, New Products, Audio (Expert) requires candidates with experience taking "new hardware platforms from prototype to mass production." The most notable resumé belongs to Jim Cortez, a Senior Software Engineer who works on voice interfaces for the company. He was previously the cofounder of Ivee, a company that makes smart home speakers in the same vein as the Amazon Echo and Google Home.