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NLP News Cypher

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As you may already have experienced it, your next NLP project may require you to work with knowledge-intensive tasks such as open-domain question answering or fact-checking. Benchmarking these knowledge intensive tasks can be difficult because these tasks require a huge knowledge source to feed off of (and things can get even harder when you have various knowledge sources to work with). As a result, a new benchmark from Facebook AI gives researchers a centralized baseline to start their research and benchmark model performance for these tough tasks, and it's called KILT. It leverages an interface across tasks that are grounded on a single knowledge source: the 2019/08/01 Wikipedia snapshot containing 5.9M articles. Here are the tasks you'll work with in KILT: fact checking, open-domain question answering, slot filling, entity linking, and dialogue.


EETimes - Neuromorphic Sensor Fusion Lets Robots Grip, Identify Objects

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Researchers at the National University of Singapore recently demonstrated the advantages of using neuromorphic sensor fusion to help robots grip and identify objects. It's just one of a number of interesting projects they've been working on including developing a new protocol for transmitting tactile data, building a neuromorphic tactile fingertip, and developing new visual-tactile datasets for the development of better learning systems. Because the technology uses address-events and spiking neural networks it is extremely power efficient: 50 times more using one of the Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips than a GPU. However, what's particularly elegant about this work is that it points the way towards neuromorphic technology as a means of efficiently integrating -- and extracting meaning from -- many different sensors for complex tasks in power-constrained systems. The new tactile sensor they used, NeuTouch, consists of an array of 39 taxels (tactile pixels) and the movement is transduced using a graphene-based piezo-resistive layer; you can think as this as the front of the robot's fingertip.


8 Examples of Artificial Intelligence in our Everyday Lives

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The applications of artificial intelligence have grown over the past decade. Here are examples of artificial intelligence that we use in our everyday lives. The words artificial intelligence may seem like a far-off concept that has nothing to do with us. But the truth is that we encounter several examples of artificial intelligence in our daily lives. From Netflix's movie recommendation to Amazon's Alexa, we now rely on various AI models without knowing it.


Artificial Intelligence with Python Cookbook

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With artificial intelligence (AI) systems, we can develop goal-driven agents to automate problem-solving. This involves predicting and classifying the available data and training agents to execute tasks successfully. This book will help you to solve complex AI problems using practical recipes. The AI with Python book starts by showing you how to install Python and its essential packages and then takes you through the fundamentals of data loading and exploration of datasets. You'll learn how to build probabilistic models and work with heuristic search techniques.


Machine Learning case study: GOOGLE

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Machine learning is a sub-field of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning algorithms are usually categorized as supervised or unsupervised. Artificial Intelligence is a branch of computer science that endeavors to replicate or simulate human intelligence in a machine, so machines can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. Some programmable functions of AI systems include planning, learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision making. My social, promotional, and primary mails might be different than what you have in your mailbox.


The best smart speakers of 2020

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Bose Home 300's sleek design fits in well with most decor. We weren't sure what to expect upon opening the Bose Home 300 for testing, but we were pleasantly surprised on almost every level. While the sound quality can't quite compete with the (much larger) Echo Studio, the Bose Home 300 allows users to choose between Alexa or Google Assistant; it has handy preset buttons on the top of the speaker; and it can stream audio over Bluetooth, AirPlay, WiFi, or via an old-school auxiliary cable. Through its app and smart assistants, the Bose Home 300 can play music from a large number of streaming services, such as Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, and even Apple Music via Airplay or Bluetooth. The compatible music and podcast sources will vary a bit depending on which smart assistant you choose (you can only use one assistant at a time, however it is very easy to switch in the Bose app). Though not any larger, this speaker is much louder than most of the other smart speakers we included in this roundup.



Alert: The Amazon Echo Dot is $18.99 *and* comes with a free smart bulb

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SAVE $46: As of Oct. 22, Best Buy is running an early Black Friday deal where you can get a third-gen Amazon Echo Dot (normally $49.99) and a free Sengled smart bulb (normally $14.99) for just $18.99 -- a 71% total savings. Amazon's third-gen Echo Dot never officially sold out on Prime Day, but you may recall that its pricing was so good during the two-day annual shopping event -- 62% off, baby-- that several variants were back-ordered through early December. With that in mind, we've got some good news and some bad news to share. First, the bad (because it's 2020 and you're probably sort of used to it by now): The bestselling smart speaker from 2018 is back up to $39.99 on Amazon and all four colors are now back-ordered as late as Dec. 16, with estimated delivery dates as far back as Dec. 31 even with speedy Prime shipping. SEE ALSO: Black Friday is going to be weird this year -- and that's a good thing But all is not lost: The good news is that Best Buy now has the Echo Dot on sale at its Prime Day pricing, and three variants are ready to ship out ASAP. (That's basically the retailer equivalent of a power move.)


Google is testing a way to activate Assistant without wake words

Engadget

Google is said to be testing a smart display feature that would activate Google Assistant by proximity instead of using the "Hey Google" or "OK Google" wake words. Leaker Jan Boromeusz posted a YouTube video (via Android Central) that shows the feature in an apparent internal Nest Hub Max firmware build. Boromeusz is able to use the voice assistant without first saying one of the wake words. The Assistant UI disappears whenever Boromeusz stays still or stops talking, but you can see it pop back up when he moves a little closer to the smart display. It's unclear whether Google has plans to bring the feature, which is codenamed Blue Steel, to the public version of the firmware. It merely appears to be in testing for now.


Amazon's new Echo speakers sound better, but do you need to upgrade?

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Amazon has new Echo speakers to sell you. And if you're wondering whether or not to ditch the old ones for these, the answer comes down to two key questions for Alexa, the personal assistant. Do I prefer the looks of a round speaker over a cylinder? Do I crave better sound? This year Amazon is all about being spherical, in the shape of its "The Spheres" corporate headquarters in Seattle.