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Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

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Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. For one week, we asked five Engadget reporters to live with one of the major assistants: Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go.


Artificial General Intelligence – The Holy Grail of AI

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Summary: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the long sought after'brain' that brings together all the branches of AI into a general purpose platform that can perform with human level intelligence in a broad variety of tasks. For starters, the incremental gains in partial AI represented by deep learning and robotics have bigger money and bigger companies behind them and more close-in applications. However, it's unlikely we could find a single human able to master every single economically important job so perhaps we can declare victory when the AGI can master one or more jobs if not all. Inductive reasoning makes broad generalizations from specific observations.


The only difference between the next generation of smartphones will be their AI assistants

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By acquiring the Viv virtual assistant from the makers of Apple's Siri, Samsung has joined the AI smartphone wars. Now, Google, Apple, and Samsung all have their own AI-driven personal assistant to put at the center of our mobile devices. Apple has been developing Siri as the core of its mobile and desktop operating systems since buying the technology in 2010, and Google's first true smartphone will exclusively have Google Assistant. The message from these companies is clear: just as apps defined smartphones in the 2000s, the next frontier of mobile computing is a virtual entity that helps its owner manage the barrage of information coming their devices. Phones by Apple, Google, and Samsung are similar in design, computing capability, and each have access to roughly the same pool of apps--but each will pursue a slightly different path through their artificially-intelligent assistants.


Apple just hired its first director of artificial intelligence

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Salakhutdinov researches very large neural networks used in a technology called deep learning, which lets a computer learn to perform a difficult task by consuming copious training examples. Speaking recently, Salakhutdinov said that there are three big areas where AI is progressing: giving computers better language understanding; enabling them to learn through repetition and positive reinforcement; and developing ways for machines to learn from unlabeled data. In recent years, competitors such as Google and Facebook have hired leading figures in deep learning to lead their AI efforts. Deep learning has gained prominence in recent years, after proving spectacularly good at enabling machines to recognize objects in images and spoken words in audio.


Apple's new director of AI research will speak at EmTech MIT 2016

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Salakhutdinov researches very large neural networks used in a technology called deep learning, which lets a computer learn to perform a difficult task by consuming copious training examples. Speaking recently, Salakhutdinov said that there are three big areas where AI is progressing: giving computers better language understanding; enabling them to learn through repetition and positive reinforcement; and developing ways for machines to learn from unlabeled data. In recent years, competitors such as Google and Facebook have hired leading figures in deep learning to lead their AI efforts. Deep learning has gained prominence in recent years, after proving spectacularly good at enabling machines to recognize objects in images and spoken words in audio.


Five things business leaders should know about machine learning and AI

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For Deep Knowledge Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture firm that added a machine learning algorithm named VITAL to its board in 2014, it was about adding a tool to analyse market data around investment opportunities. For global professional service firms experimenting in this space, machine learning could allow deeper and faster document analysis. And though you may not think you are competing with Silicon Valley salaries for talent, you are if you want great people: a great data scientist can easily be 50 times more valuable than a competent one, which means that both hiring and retaining them can be pricey. As the machine learning ecosystem evolves, companies will find interesting ways to combine in-house industry experience with a range of off-the-shelf tools and open source algorithms to create highly-customised decision-support tools.


Samsung buys AI assitant Viv, whose creators sold Siri to Apple

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Samsung rockets into AI fast lane with Viv purchase

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Samsung plans to make its range of smartphones smarter with its acquisition of Viv, an AI virtual assistant platform started by the man who created Siri. The South Korean electronics company, which has been grappling with extended fallout from its recalled Galaxy Note 7, announced Wednesday that it was buying Viv, the machine-learning virtual assistant company started by Siri founder Dag Kittlaus. Where interactions with many of today's virtual assistants still requires users to dumb down their requests into somewhat robotic language, the AI goal is natural language interaction with a virtual assistant that can process layered requests and remember contextual user details. Dag Kittlaus, founder of AI company Viv, was also the man behind Siri, which he sold to Apple.


Branding Once Meant Logos. Today, It Means AI

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After all, consider that bees' markings are instantly distinctive to each other and across species as a biological imperative. The idea of the brand goes from optimistic (bees were a brand, man!) Will we ever start to see distinct, convincing personalities emerge as brands--or at least a few decent archetypes? Because right now, I don't think that most of us could really distinguish a Siri response from a Cortana response from an Alexa response, beyond the specific voice.


Google's DeepMind AI fakes some of the most realistic human voices yet

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WaveNet, as the system is called, generates voices by sampling real human speech and directly modeling audio waveforms based on it, as well as its previously generated audio. In Google's tests, both English and Mandarin Chinese listeners found WaveNet more realistic than other types of text-to-speech programs, although it was less convincing than actual human speech. The alternative is parametric text to speech -- building a completely computer-generated voice, using coded rules based on grammar or mouth sounds. Google's system is still based on real voice input.