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OpenCV Sudoku Solver and OCR - PyImageSearch

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In this tutorial, you will create an automatic Sudoku puzzle solver using OpenCV, Deep Learning, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). My wife is a huge Sudoku nerd. Every time we travel, whether it be a 45-minute flight from Philadelphia to Albany or a 6-hour transcontinental flight to California, she always has a Sudoku puzzle with her. The funny thing is, she prefers the printed Sudoku puzzle books. She hates the digital/smartphone app versions and refuses to play them. I'm not a big puzzle person myself, but one time, we were sitting on a flight, and I asked: How do you know if you solved the puzzle correctly?


Handwritten Character Recognition with Neural Network - DataFlair

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In the above code segment, we print out the training & validation accuracies along with the training & validation losses for character recognition. We have successfully developed Handwritten character recognition (Text Recognition) with Python, Tensorflow, and Machine Learning libraries. Handwritten characters have been recognized with more than 97% test accuracy. This can be also further extended to identifying the handwritten characters of other languages too. Did you like our efforts?


Judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail delivery

FOX News

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighs in on debate over USPS and mail-in voting. A U.S. judge on Thursday granted a request to temporarily block controversial Postal Service changes that have been accused of slowing mail nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack " ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Wash., said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction against the USPS sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the Postal Service. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, challenged the Postal Service's so-called "leave behind" policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as first-class mail.


OCR a document, form, or invoice with Tesseract, OpenCV, and Python - PyImageSearch

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to OCR a document, form, or invoice using Tesseract, OpenCV, and Python. On the left, we have our template image (i.e., a form from the United States Internal Revenue Service). The middle figure is our input image that we wish to align to the template (thereby allowing us to match fields from the two images together). And finally, the right shows the output of aligning the two images together. At this point, we can associate text fields in the form with each corresponding field in the template, meaning that we know which locations of the input image map to the name, address, EIN, etc. fields of the template: Knowing where and what the fields are allows us to then OCR each individual field and keep track of them for further processing, such as automated database entry.


The Difference between Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence

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Many people often asked about the difference between Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Some even confused the two to be the same. To make matters worse, many vendors are now brandying about terms like Intelligent Automation (IA) or Intelligence Process Automation (IPA). For the uninitiated, all these jargon can be very confusing, and perhaps daunting. To help you out, we have put together this blog post to highlight the key differences between RPA and AI, particularly in the context of process automation.


Intelligent document processing with AI

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Automate data capture for intelligent document processing using Nanonets self-learning AI-based OCR. Process documents like Invoices, Receipts, Id cards and more!


Mail delivery resumes at L.A. public housing complex

Los Angeles Times

The U.S. Postal Service says that mail is again being delivered at Mar Vista Gardens, a public housing complex with more than 1,800 residents, after an outcry from local leaders over delivery being suspended. "The idea that a decision was made to delay mail in the middle of a pandemic is heinous," said U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who initiated a formal inquiry into the decision. "How many of those packages were medications? How many were letters from loved ones? Last month, Culver City Post Office Postmaster Roderick Strong suspended delivery to the 43-acre complex in the neighborhood of Del Rey, stating that safety issues were putting mail carriers at risk.


Blue Prism adds optical character recognition, e-commerce enhancements to platform

ZDNet

Blue Prism is rolling out tools for optical character recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence as it aims to make robotic process automation (RPA) more accessible to business users. The company is rolling out its latest digital workforce release, which includes Decipher IDP and Blue Prism DX e-commerce enhancements. Blue Prism has been steadily adding to its platform and ecosystem as larger players such as IBM and Microsoft consolidate the market. Decipher IDP includes AI so customers can scan, classify and extract data from documents including invoices, purchase orders and applications. Data from those documents are then included into Blue Prism's RPA processes so unstructured information can be more easily absorbed.


Wired

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Simulators that can rapidly test trillions of options would accelerate the slow and costly process of human clinical trials. The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested. Many assume a widely available vaccine is years away, if ever. Others believe that a 12- to 18-month development cycle is a given. Our best bet to reduce even that record-breaking timeline is by using artificial intelligence. The problem is twofold: discovering the right set of molecules among billions of possibilities, and then waiting for clinical trials.


Google Cloud lets businesses create their own text-to-speech voices – TechCrunch

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Google launched a few updates to its Contact Center AI product today, but the most interesting one is probably the beta of its new Custom Voice service, which will let brands create their own text-to-speech voices to best represent their own brands. Maybe your company has a well-known spokesperson for example, but it would be pretty arduous to have them record every sentence in an automated response system or bring them back to the studio whenever you launch a new product or procedure. With Custom Voice, businesses can bring in their voice talent to the studio and have them record a script provided by Google. The company will then take those recordings and train its speech models based on them. As of now, this seems to be a somewhat manual task on Google's side.