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What is the future of voice recognition and AI? BankNXT

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Mike Townsend started his career working as a design engineer at Brookstone in Singapore, then as a mechanical engineer at ITT Corporation in Los Angeles, designing radar systems for military grade UAVs. He is the founder of ZingCheckout and Flowtab, and remains very active in the payment industry.


Samsung, Kakao to cooperate on AI, voice recognition

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Samsung Electronics and chat giant Kakao will cooperate on AI and voice recognition, the companies have announced. Samsung last month said it wants to put more AI and voice recognition features in its home appliances going forward. Kakao is cooperating with POSCO and GS to put its AI platform in their smart homes. Kakao is preparing to launch is AI-based speaker Kakao Mini, while Samsung will launch theirs next year.


LG's V30 will unlock when it recognizes your face or voice

Engadget

Until your phone or tablet is set up just the way you want it, a brand new device feels kind of foreign. With the V30, LG is giving you more options for making the phone your own. You can match haptic feedback to the ringtone of your choosing, for starters. From the manual shooting mode, you can access Graphy, a sort of photo editing suite that grants access to editing presets designed by pro photographers.


Google adds voice recognition for Indian and African languages

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That's part of the reason Google has been updating Gboard for Android with voice support for more international languages, working with native speakers to train machine learning models. Today, Google announced that it's supporting an additional 20 languages and also adding English dialects for four African countries. This means language support for a total of 30 new international locations, mostly centered on the Indian subcontinent and Africa. In total, this brings the grand total of Gboard's voice recognition to 119 languages.


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.


HSBC voice recognition software tricked on BBC show

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The bank claims its software can analyse 100 features of a voice, from pronunciation to tone and speech pattern, to make a match even if you have a cold or a sore throat. The Voice ID system was introduced by the bank in February last year and a number of major banks, including Barclays, Santander and Lloyds, followed suit. HSBC claims its software can analyse 100 features of a voice, from pronunciation to tone and speech pattern, to make a match even if you have a cold or a sore throat. HSBC's Voice ID system was introduced by the bank in February last year and a number of major banks, including Barclays, Santander and Lloyds, followed suit.


BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system

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BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons set up an HSBC account and signed up to the bank's voice ID authentication service. But the bank let Dan Simmons' non-identical twin, Joe, access the account via the telephone after he mimicked his brother's voice. HSBC introduced the voice-based security in 2016, saying it measured 100 different characteristics of the human voice to verify a user's identity. Separately, a Click researcher found HSBC Voice ID kept letting them try to access their account after they deliberately failed on 20 separate occasions spread over 12 minutes.


SAP's Plattner wants to work with Apple to build voice recognition ZDNet

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Such innovations announced on Wednesday include the general availability of its SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1705, which features the general availability SAP Co-Pilot, a digital assistant launched on Tuesday as part of the company's Leonardo digital innovation system. Other updates in the company's updated ERP Software-as-a-Service solution include the availability of statutory financial consolidation, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Finance for credit integration, and SAP digital payments add-on integration; as well as expanded manufacturing processes management; an SAP Project Companion mobile app; and integrations to third-party systems, including creating sales orders for Salesforce automation. The company's SAP Cloud Platform Predictive service also received an upgrade, as did the SAP IT Operations Analytics 2.0 software; and the company also announced support for hybrid datacentres and that its SAP Predictive Analytics software enables machine learning via SAP S/4HANA both on premise and in the cloud. Following the announcement SAP was offering a multicloud environment, integrating with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, SAP Digital Boardroom now also supports Microsoft Surface Hub.


US Coast Guard Plans To Use Voice Recognition To Stop Prank Calls

International Business Times

In response to the pranks, which have been happening nearly every day in recent months, the Coast Guard is planning to adopt voice recognition software to identify the phony callers. While these challenges make it hard to eliminate fake callers, voice recognition may be able to catch the pranksters as the Coast Guard believes most of the calls originate from a small number of callers. It's not entirely clear if the Coast Guard's adoption of voice recognition technology will provide any relief from the pranksters; many software systems record an extended conversation -- up to 40 seconds of talking -- to ID a voice accurately, and callers can potentially thwart the system just by disguising how they talk. The voice recognition software likely wouldn't give the Coast Guard what it needs to make such an arrest or obtain a warrant but would be a solution that would mitigate the damage of the calls without leading to jail time for the callers.


Why using voice recognition to identify refugees is controversial

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Germany plans to use voice recognition software to verify the many asylum applications it receives -- but the technology is far from perfect, experts warn. Now, German authorities are planning to use new voice recognition software to verify the asylum seekers' country of origin, according to a report on Die Welt. The test, which will begin in two weeks and roll out widely in 2018, aims at analysing and identifying the dialects of people seeking asylum using recorded speech samples. Another expert, computer scientist Dirk Hovy at the University of Copenhagen, told Die Welt that the new system would need the creation of a very accurate and broad database, which is a difficult task.