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Application of new information technologies in the legal profession


The magnitude of how technology has changed the landscape of the legal profession so far is quite astounding, considering how legal professionals used to be insistent on sticking to the status quo. The digital revolution made practicing law significantly easier by supplying lawyers with tools that streamlined parts of their previously outdated workflow, from researching case files to client relations. As law firms are working remotely and switching to a client-centric approach, now is the right time to consider how the latest IT developments will further impact the legal industry. With clients demanding law firms to be faster, cost-effective, and more flexible, law professionals have embraced automation and law firm software as solutions for growing customer expectations. Automation, in particular, helped law firms save time and deliver more productive results.

Using Google's Speech-to-Text API with Python


This post provides steps and python syntax for utilizing the Google Cloud Platform speech transcription service. Speech transcription refers to the conversion of speech audio to text. This can be applied to many use cases such as voice assistants, dictation, customer service call center documentation, or creation of meeting notes in an office business setting. It is not difficult to see the value this can bring to individuals and businesses. AWS has long been a leader in this space. Google, IBM, and Microsoft have of course developed their own services as well.

What does NLP mean for augmented analytics?


According to Gartner, NLP turns "text or audio speech into encoded, structured information, based on an appropriate ontology." Augmented analytics uses two subtypes of NLP, which are natural language understanding (NLU) and natural language generation (NLG). NLU enables the platform to understand a user's query while NLG "narrates" data visuals. NLU applies to text and audio. However, typed queries are more common than voice queries today for several reasons, most notably because the former is an easier problem to solve.

Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent


At the start of the year, Spotify secured a patent for a voice recognition system that could detect the "emotional state," age and gender of a person and use that information to make personalized listening recommendations. As you might imagine, the possibility that the company was working on a technology like that made a lot of people uncomfortable, including digital rights non-profit Access Now. At the start of April, the organization sent Spotify a letter calling on it to abandon the tech. After Spotify privately responded to those concerns, Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling or monetizing the system it patented. Some of the individuals and bands to sign the letter include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, rapper Talib Kweli and indie group DIIV.

Build your own Voice Assistant in Python


Even before beginning to code, we need to have an "intents.json" This JSON file is accessed by the Voice Assistant and the response accordingly. Let's start coding by importing all the required libraries After importing all the required modules, we need to create an instance of the speaker and the recognizer so that the assistant can capture what we humans say and convert it into textual form and, the remaining code is explained by comments within the program. Now, let's begin coding functions for each of the required tasks. The below code snippet shows you how the system reacts to a greeting.

Google Fixes Two Annoying Quirks in Its Voice Assistant


I'm not much of a cook, but the few times I've asked Google Assistant on my Nest Mini to start a timer in the kitchen have been hit or miss. All too often, the timer disappears into a void and Google can't tell me how many minutes are left. Other times, it takes multiple attempts to set it properly because Assistant struggled with understanding context. Those problems (and a few others) are about to be resolved. Google's latest update to its voice assistant, which begins rolling out today, greatly improves its contextual understanding when you're asking it to perform a task like setting an alarm or a timer.

Podcast: AI finds its voice

MIT Technology Review

Today's voice assistants are still a far cry from the hyper-intelligent thinking machines we've been musing about for decades. And it's because that technology is actually the combination of three different skills: speech recognition, natural language processing and voice generation. Each of these skills already presents huge challenges. In order to master just the natural language processing part? You pretty much have to recreate human-level intelligence. Deep learning, the technology driving the current AI boom, can train machines to become masters at all sorts of tasks. But it can only learn one at a time. And because most AI models train their skillset on thousands or millions of existing examples, they end up replicating patterns within historical data--including the many bad decisions people have made, like marginalizing people of color and women. Still, systems like the board-game champion AlphaZero and the increasingly convincing fake-text generator GPT-3 have stoked the flames of debate regarding when humans will create an artificial general intelligence--machines that can multitask, think, and reason for themselves. In this episode, we explore how machines learn to communicate--and what it means for the humans on the other end of the conversation. This episode was produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens, Anthony Green, Karen Hao and Charlotte Jee.

'Hey Spotify, play Up First:' Two weeks with Car Thing


After years of rumors, confirmation and vague descriptions, Spotify has finally made its first piece of hardware available to select users. Even though the company revealed the full details on Car Thing earlier this month, it's only a "limited release" right now. I've spent two weeks with Car Thing in my car (obviously), and can tell you one thing -- this dedicated Spotify player is really more of a controller for the app on your phone. Spotify first tipped its hand on an in-car music player in 2018. It offered a few Reddit users the opportunity to try a compact device that reportedly featured voice control and 4G connectivity.

Artificial Intelligence in speech Recognition Technology – What you need to know


It's a well-known fact that the science of speech recognition has made some fantastic progress since IBM introduced its first speech recognition machine in 1962. As the innovation has advanced, speech recognition has gotten progressively embedded in our everyday lives with voice-driven applications like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, or the many voice-responsive highlights of Google. From our phones, PCs, watches, and refrigerators, each new voice-interactive gadget that we bring into our lives develops our reliance on AI and ML. Speech recognition in AI is the cycle that empowers a PC to perceive and react to verbally expressed words and afterwards changing over them in a format that the machine gets it. The machine may then change over it into another type of information relying upon the ultimate aim.

The NLP Week: How NLTM can make India a world leader in Speech-to-Speech Translation


India is a melting pot of multiple cultures, religions, diaspora and languages. Although 22 languages are recognised officially, more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken across the country. In the past decade, India has witnessed stupendous growth digitally - in 2019, the number of smartphone users in rural areas surpassed that of urban India. There is a burgeoning market for digital products, going well beyond borders of urban pockets. However, less than 1% of content on the Internet is in English.