Answer Finding Guided by Question Semantic Constraints

AAAI Conferences

As part of the task of automated question answering from a large collection of text documents, the reduction of the search space to a smaller set of document passages that are actually searched for answers constitutes a difficult but rewarding research issue. We propose a set of precision-enhancing filters for passage retrieval based on semantic constraints detected in the submitted questions. The approach improves the performance of the underlying question answering system in terms of both answer accuracy and time performance.


Search engine results can now chat to computer users

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft has started testing search engine results that can chat directly to users. The company wants developers to create custom chatbots that can be added to search listings on Bing. Users will be able to ask the bots for basic information about venues such as restaurants and cinemas, such as opening hours and parking information. They're powered by Skype, and the functionality has already been rolled out to a small number of venues, including a restaurant in Seattle called Monsoon. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, the chatbot didn't actually allow me to submit any questions.


Siri, get my iCar: Is Apple making a cool new ride or just dabbling with the techie parts?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple has become the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. Apple's new 175-acre "spaceship" campus dubbed Apple Park. It was designed by Lord Norman Foster and cost roughly $5 billion. It will house 12,000 employees in over 2.8 million square feet of office space and will have nearly 80 acres of parking to accommodate 11,000 cars. SAN FRANCISCO – In a few weeks, Apple will unveil its newest iPhone.


Amazon Alexa just got a lot more useful for Apple customers

The Independent - Tech

You can now link your iCloud Calendar to the Alexa voice assistant. Amazon has just rolled out the functionality to Alexa-compatible devices, describing it as "a top requested feature". The announcement should please iPhone, iPad and Mac users, who can now organise their calendar and quickly find out about their schedule by chatting to Alexa. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


iOS 11: New Siri icon hints at rumoured iPhone 8 virtual home button redesign

The Independent - Tech

A new Siri icon spotted in iOS 11 appears to confirm rumours about the upcoming iPhone 8's design. Apple is widely expected to drastically change the look of the iPhone this year, with the company seemingly set to take a similar approach to Samsung. The Galaxy S8 ditched the physical home button for a stunning "all-screen" design, which makes all other handsets on the market look outdated, and the next iPhone will almost certainly follow suit. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.