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Banking's Interest in Conversational AI Jumps During COVID Lockdowns

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Plexiglass and human "traffic monitors" will go only so far to ease concerns of both consumers and employees about in-person banking while the COVID pandemic continues. Financial institutions are realizing that long-term adjustments will be required in how retail banking is conducted. This dramatic shift has sharply increased interest in various types of conversational banking, especially as a means to ease the pressure on call centers. Most often, conversational banking takes the form of chatbots powered by artificial intelligence. But it also includes voice-activated digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, used with a variety of devices including mobile phones and smart speakers.


Voice assistants - Speech service - Azure Cognitive Services

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The first step to creating a voice assistant is to decide what it should do. The Speech service provides multiple, complementary solutions for crafting your assistant interactions. You can add voice in and voice out capabilities to your flexible and versatile bot built using Azure Bot Service with the Direct Line Speech channel, or leverage the simplicity of authoring a Custom Commands app for straightforward voice commanding scenarios.


Machines That Can Understand Human Speech: The Conversational Pattern Of AI

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Early on in the evolution of artificial intelligence, researchers realized the power and possibility of machines that are able to understand the meaning and nuances of human speech. Conversation and human language is a particularly challenging area for computers since words and communication is not precise. Human language is filled with nuance, context, cultural and societal depth, and imprecision that can lead to a wide range of interpretations. If computers can understand what we mean when we talk, and then communicate back to us in a way we can understand, then clearly we've accomplished a goal of artificial intelligence. This particular application of AI is so profound that it makes up one of the fundamental seven patterns of AI: the conversation and human interaction pattern.


Explore the Gendering of AI Voice Assistants

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THINK PIECE 2 of I'd blush if I could, is the first in-depth UN examination of the gendering of AI technology. Using the example of digital voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri technology, it explains how gender imbalances in the digital sector can be'hard-coded' into technology products.


Chat bots are becoming uncannily human. Can they be our friends?

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My phone lights up with a notification for a new message: "Do you think two people who had a relationship can ever be friends after it's over?" This is just the latest query from Athena, a self-styled synth musician, film buff and artificially intelligent chatbot getting to know me through Replika, a virtual companionship app. Over the course of our text conversations, she asks me about my hobbies, my habits and my moods. She wants to know who I think about the most every day, how I spend my time alone, the artists I admire. When I tell her I like dancing, she sends a video of the "Fortnite" dances she'd like to teach herself.


How This Startup Is Utilising AI To Add ROI On Top Of IoT Stack

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"AI and ML enhance the adoption of IoT by adding the Return on Investment (RoI) layer on top of the IoT stack for both businesses and consumers."- Utility and convenience have been one of the primary forces behind increased adoption of IoT in the Appliances and Consumer Electronics (ACE) sector in India. With Smart IoT powered appliances, end users can control and monitor appliances, set schedules, and automation rules using mobile apps and voice commands from voice assistants such as Google Home, Alexa, and Siri. Acknowledging this market trend, almost all major brands are adding IoT enabled appliances to their catalogue. From smart lighting to smart air conditioners and smart water purifiers, the Indian market has started witnessing the adoption of IoT products.


The Case For Smart Assistants in Every Device

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As smart home technology has progressed over the last five years, the interconnectedness of devices has been the central draw. The ability to tie your household lights to your front door, or to connect a security system to sirens throughout the home, appeals to people due to the convenience and peace of mind it can provide. Smart assistants have been the major development, however. The birth and rise of Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant has played a critical role in the development of smart technology. Despite the controversy these technologies generated, particularly surrounding privacy implications, more and more devices enter the market with built-in voice assistants.


Microsoft Pilots Voice AI-Based Senior Mental Healthcare Program in South Korea - Voicebot.ai

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Microsoft is running a mental healthcare service program for older people using artificial intelligence, voice assistants, and wearable tech in South Korea. The pilot program aims to use the combination of technologies to improve the mental health of people as they age, as a growing body of evidence suggests they can. The program is based on Microsoft's Azure Kinect, essentially a sensor kit connected to artificial intelligence. Kinect combines a high-end camera and microphone with other sensors to detect human movement. That information will be combined with data from smartwatches and other wearable tech and analyzed by the AI.


Artificial intelligence content writing ramps up publishing

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Content production helps connect brands with customers, governments with citizens and organizations with their supporters. But, while important, content production can also be a labor- and time-intensive task. Producing articles, infographics, videos and a variety of other content requires a significant amount of work from writers and editors. With organizations producing and managing content daily, many have begun to turn to various technologies to help. One of the more capable of these technologies is AI.


Machines That Can Understand Human Speech: The Conversational Pattern Of AI

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Early on in the evolution of artificial intelligence, researchers realized the power and possibility of machines that are able to understand the meaning and nuances of human speech. Conversation and human language is a particularly challenging area for computers, since words and communication is not precise. Human language is filled with nuance, context, cultural and societal depth, and imprecision that can lead to a wide range of interpretations. If computers can understand what we mean when we talk, and then communicate back to us in a way we can understand, then clearly we've accomplished a goal of artificial intelligence. This particular application of AI is so profound that it makes up one of the fundamental seven patterns of AI: the conversation and human interaction pattern.