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How Artificial Intelligence Can Help with Home Builders & Developers


When most people think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) they probably think about their Amazon's Alexa, self-driving cars or Apple's Siri. However, AI can help be used for many other functions, including marketing and construction. Home builders and developers can incorporate AI in their marketing and construction efforts to impact growth in business and employee retention. The benefits of AI include improving efficiency in the workplace, solving complex problems, and even freeing up your time. Many businesses use AI-related machines or bots and other technologies today so they can use their time more wisely.

Save up to $30 on these all-new Amazon Echo devices when you buy two


As weird as it feels to have the two shopping holidays so close together, this month-and-a-half-long limbo period between Prime Day and Black Friday has actually brought us some of the best deals we've ever seen on Amazon devices. First, it was the third-generation Echo Dot from 2018 (and a bonus smart bulb). As of Oct. 26, you can score a two-pack of the all-new Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, or Echo Flex for up to $30 off using some coupon codes we found nestled within each device's product page. The star of Amazon's fourth-gen series, the all-new Echo is a minimalist orb of a smart speaker equipped with a zippy AZ1 Neural Edge processor, a Zigbee smart home hub, and an LED ring light (located on its base). Mashable hasn't gotten a chance to review it yet, but our friends over at PCMag say its audio quality is "impressive" considering its size and price point (which was one of the reasons they gave it an Editor's Choice Award).

How Spotify uses Machine Learning?


Spotify is the largest on-demand music services in the world and has 299 million monthly users, including 138 million paying subscribers. One of the exciting features of the Spotify is Discover Weekly. It's a custom mixtape of 30 songs they've never listened to before but will probably love, and it's pretty much magic. Songza used to curate playlists manually in the early 2000s which was not able to fulfil the music needs of the consumers as it was developed as on specific interest of the curator. Pandora used tagging the songs manually with attributes like'folk', 'rock' and curating playlist with similar tags using the code. Collaborative filtering: It works by comparing people with similar tastes.

15 Top AI/ML/AR/VR Based App Ideas for Startups and SMEs in 2020–21


Planning to invest in a mobile app? Here are the top 15 AI/ML/VR/AR app development ideas that ensure your success in 2020–21! With the availability of around 5 million apps existing in the app stores, the trends of developing ordinary mobile apps are just fading away. The increasing usage of mobile applications with each passing year also pushes the demand for innovative technologies to meet future mobile app users' demands. And Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML) have become the most influencing technologies in the field of mobile app development and creating a plethora of opportunities for startups in 2021.

Hey Google … What Movie Should I Watch Today? How AI Can Affect Our Decisions


Have you ever used Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, or Amazon Alexa to make decisions for you? Perhaps you asked it what new movies have good reviews, or to recommend a cool restaurant in your neighborhood. Artificial intelligence and virtual assistants are constantly being refined, and may soon be making appointments for you, offering medical advice, or trying to sell you a bottle of wine. Although AI technology has miles to go to develop social skills on par with ours, some AI has shown impressive language understanding and can complete relatively complex interactive tasks. In several 2018 demonstrations, Google's AI made haircut and restaurant reservations without receptionists realizing they were talking with a non-human.

Five Trends for Voice Assistants in 2020s


Voice assistants are becoming an essential part of our daily lives. When Apple's Siri hit markets in 2011, it managed to gain an impressive attraction of tech enthusiasts, yet no one was certain about how this novelty shall bring a tech revolution. Today, we are regular users of Google Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and many more. Things took a turn when Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod went mainstream in 2017. All these instances converge on how voice assistants are proving themselves as a tech enabler with impressive possibilities. Not only in households, but they are also slowly proving to be useful in the business quarters too.

Natural Language Misunderstanding

Communications of the ACM

In today's world, it is nearly impossible to avoid voice-controlled digital assistants. From the interactive intelligent agents used by corporations, government agencies, and even personal devices, automated speech recognition (ASR) systems, combined with machine learning (ML) technology, increasingly are being used as an input modality that allows humans to interact with machines, ostensibly via the most common and simplest way possible: by speaking in a natural, conversational voice. Yet as a study published in May 2020 by researchers from Stanford University indicated, the accuracy level of ASR systems from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others vary widely depending on the speaker's race. While this study only focused on the differing accuracy levels for a small sample of African American and white speakers, it points to a larger concern about ASR accuracy and phonological awareness, including the ability to discern and understand accents, tonalities, rhythmic variations, and speech patterns that may differ from the voices used to initially train voice-activated chatbots, virtual assistants, and other voice-enabled systems. The Stanford study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, measured the error rates of ASR technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, by comparing the system's performance in understanding identical phrases (taken from pre-recorded interviews across two datasets) spoken by 73 black and 42 white speakers, then comparing the average word error rate (WER) for black and white speakers.

Massachusetts man charged with kidnapping, assaulting woman he met on Tinder

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Tinder, the most popular dating app in the world, has banned teens under the age of 18 but it's not stopping them from signing up. A Massachusetts man is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman he met on Tinder, threatening to kill her and her child if she went to the cops, authorities said. Peter Bozier, 28, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Sudbury after the victim told investigators she was severely beaten and strangled while being held against her will at Bozier's home, police said. The victim said the harrowing ordeal began a day earlier, police spokesman Lt. Robert Grady told the MetroWest Daily News. Grady said the woman managed to "release herself from the situation" and then went to a hospital in Burlington, where hospital staffers contacted police, the newspaper reported.

3 Strategies to Sell Consumers on AI-Powered Customer Experiences


Only 10 years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was just a lofty concept for consumers, appearing in pop culture references or fleeting news stories. Today, it pervades every corner of life, from Siri on our iPhones, to smart home security systems, to the recommended products in our Amazon feed. Everywhere we look, AI has become part of our daily processes -- and as we live, learn and work from home amidst the pandemic, this has only accelerated. It's safe to say that AI is no longer just a novel concept; it's a convenience we've come to expect in day-to-day life. What's interesting to me is that, in customer care, the benefits of AI are not quite so widely welcomed.

Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: Well-rounded in every sense


Amazon's smallest Echo has evolved quite a bit over the years. The first Amazon Echo Dot was small and puck-like but didn't have very good audio. In 2018, the company upgraded the Dot's speakers to a new 1.6-inch driver that gave it a lot more bass and overall better performance, plus it had a much more stylish fabric-clad exterior. Last year, Amazon added a new model called the Echo Dot with Clock, which is basically the same thing but with a digital clock on the front. In 2020, however, the company has decided to go… round.