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*Applause* YouTube's caption upgrade shows how machine learning is helping the disabled

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FCC rules require TV stations to provide closed captions that convey speech, sound effects, and audience reactions such as laughter to deaf and hard of hearing viewers. YouTube isn't subject to those rules, but thanks to Google's machine-learning technology, it now offers similar assistance. YouTube has used speech-to-text software to automatically caption speech in videos since 2009 (they are used 15 million times a day). Today it rolled out algorithms that indicate applause, laughter, and music in captions. More sounds could follow, since the underlying software can also identify noises like sighs, barks, and knocks.


Google's Calico hires computing chief to add machine learning

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The hire marks the start of the Alphabet ( GOOG)-owned, Art Levinson-helmed biotech's drive to build out a computational biology and machine learning team. Calico will tap into that expertise--and that of the machine learning team it has tasked Koller with building--to advance its drive to understand aging and, in doing so, enable people to live longer, healthier lives. "Daphne and her team will work in close collaboration with the basic and translational scientists at Calico and partner with other machine learning experts, including the team at Google, to derive novel insights and effective interventions," Calico R&D President Hal Barron said. The plan now is to add more staff to work with Koller, including a machine learning engineer and someone capable of developing algorithms to analyze biological images and videos.


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The hire marks the start of the Alphabet ( GOOG)-owned, Art Levinson-helmed biotech's drive to build out a computational biology and machine learning team. Calico will tap into that expertise--and that of the machine learning team it has tasked Koller with building--to advance its drive to understand aging and, in doing so, enable people to live longer, healthier lives. "Daphne and her team will work in close collaboration with the basic and translational scientists at Calico and partner with other machine learning experts, including the team at Google, to derive novel insights and effective interventions," Calico R&D President Hal Barron said. The plan now is to add more staff to work with Koller, including a machine learning engineer and someone capable of developing algorithms to analyze biological images and videos.