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New Microsoft patent reveals human-like chatbots and conversational agents


A new patent granted to Microsoft by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveals that the company is working on conversational agents that mirror users' conversational style and/or facial expressions. The patent - Linguistic Style Matching Agent โ€“ was granted to Microsoft on September 3, 2020, and credits Daniel J McDuff, Kael R. Rowan, Mary P Czerwinski, Deepali Aneja, and Rens Hoegen as inventors. With advances in speech recognition and generative dialogue models, conversational interfaces like chatbots and virtual agents are becoming increasingly popular. While such natural language interactions have led to an evolution in human-computer interactions, the communication is mostly monotonic and constrained. These conversations, therefore, end up being only transactional and are not very natural.

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Amazon's Alexa WILL listen to everything you say

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Alexa's poor reputation for privacy may soon worsen as a patent filed by the firm suggests the virtual assistant may start listening before its'wake word' is said. Under the plans Alexa will be able to detect when it is being given a command even if the wake word is said at the end of the sentence instead of at the front. The move raises concerns over user privacy as Alexa will, by default, always be listening to conversations on the off-chance its wakeword is spoken. Alexa's poor reputation for privacy may soon worsen as a patent filed by the firm suggests the virtual assistant may start listening before its'wake word' is said. The patent, filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, reveals the Seattle-fimrs plans for the next evolutionary step for it Alexa's technology.

30 Powerful Artificial Intelligence Examples you Need to Know


Artificial Intelligence (AI) may look like something out of the pages of a sci-fi book, yet you'd be surprised how often you use it daily. As the technology continues to improve, AI will become even more common with more widespread utilization among diverse industries. To start with, let's begin with the basic definition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it includes. Seeking Alpha gives a very apt description of the same in their article- At a basic level, artificial intelligence is the concept of machines accomplishing tasks which have historically required human intelligence. Applied AI: Machines designed to complete very specifics tasks like navigating a vehicle, trading stocks, or playing chess โ€“ as IBM's Deep Blue demonstrated in 1996 when it defeated chess grand master Gerry Kasparov. General AI: Machines designed to complete any task which would normally require human intervention. The broad nature of General AI requires machines to "learn" as they encounter new tasks or ...

Google and Amazon patent creepy Big Brother-style systems to spy on you

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon and Google really do want to watch your every move. A series of patents filed by the firms'outline an array of possibilities' for how their smart speakers could be used to better listen in on users. They suggest their always-on Google Home and Amazon Echo devices could know everything from a user's mood to their medical condition, and target advertising based on this data. The development comes amid a growing scandal involving the handling of the private data of 50 million users by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Google has filed a patent application for a system that used its smart speakers and camera to spy on a user's mood or medical condition.

Google buys part of HTC for $1.1 billion in bid to compete with Apple and Amazon on devices

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO โ€“ Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. The deal, announced Thursday, underscores how serious Google is becoming about designing its own family of devices to compete against Apple and Amazon in a high-stakes battle to become the technological hub of people's lives. Google will take on HTC employees including teams who have worked on its signature Pixel smartphone. The deal also comes with a nonexclusive licensing agreement for HTC intellectual property, the companies said in a statement. The deal covers half of HTC's research staff, or around 2,000 people, and is expected to be completed in early 2018 pending regulatory approval, HTC said.

Google Home 6x better than Amazon Alexa in 3,000 question test


Don't judge a smart speaker by its sales -- at least that's the story floating around the internet today, as Ad Age has revealed a study showing that Google Home is six times likelier than Amazon Alexa to answer user requests correctly. The research, conducted by New York-based digital agency 360i, backs the search company's voice assistant, despite consumers clearly choosing Amazon's option instead. In March, eMarketer reported that Amazon Alexa has a 70% share of the voice controlled speaker market. Using proprietary software to ask both Google Home and Amazon Alexa some 3,000 questions, Google's voice assistant emerged six times likelier than the competition to answer correctly. The results are surprising but make sense when you consider the companies' disparate approaches to voice assistant technology.

Siri, how much will this lawsuit cost Apple?

Washington Post - Technology News

Apple has just agreed to settle a long-running patent lawsuit for almost 25 million. The lawsuit, filed by a company called Dynamic Advances, claimed that Apple had infringed on a patent involving "user interfaces that recognize natural language." The patent describes a method for "providing, through a user interface, a result of [a] search" using natural language queries of a number of connected databases. The patent had been originally granted as far back as 2007 to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. Rensselaer, an engineering-focused university, then licensed the patent to Dynamic Advances.