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Alexa and Cortana end their partnership quietly.


Now, if you ask Alexa to use Cortana for some reason you will just hear Alexa says "sorry, the service is no longer available". The main reason behind this is the removal of the deal that Alexa had made with microphone Cortana a few years ago. Both of them wiped the integration away without making much noise among fans. Officially the climax of this connection was made on September 18 but didn't get much spotlight. Cortana and Alexa tied their connection for Cortana to reach a much wider audience than it had with their own Cortana products. But now, there's nothing to wonder about the decision behind this disconnection as it's pretty obvious.

The End of em Roe /em Means We Need a New Civil Right to Privacy


Yes, it denies women and girls reproductive autonomy, but it also augurs a future where no aspect of our intimate life is ours, where even the most private spaces or relationships are ripe for surveillance, where every detail about our bodies, health, and relationships is amassed and sold. Everyone's life opportunities are on the line in a world without intimate privacy. With the evisceration of Roe and the triggering of state laws criminalizing abortion, police can access the evidence they need to pursue investigations. Our fertility, dating, and health apps, digital assistants, and cellphones track our every move, doctor visit, health condition, prescription, and search; the details of our intimate lives are sold to advertisers, marketers, and data brokers. Law enforcers can purchase or subpoena data about women's missed periods, health clinic visits, and resumed menstruation.

Hey Siri, What's Next for AI and Robotics in Insurance?


A lot has changed in the world of automation since Apple first launched its virtual assistant, Siri, on October 4, 2011. It's a date that musician, actress, and public speaker, Susan Bennett, remembers well because she's the original female, American voice behind Siri. "It is still weird," she said on this episode of The Insuring Cyber Podcast. "It's like, 'How many millions of people know my voice?' …I don't really think about that aspect of it." After getting her start in entertainment as a musician working on commercial jingles and singing backup vocals on tour with Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison, Bennett began voiceover work at Doppler Studios in Atlanta.

Amazon, just say no: The looming horror of AI voice replication


Do we really want to put the power of perfectly simulating a voice in the hands of stalkers and abusers? Last week, we ran a news article entitled, "Amazon's Alexa reads a story in the voice of a child's deceased grandma." In it, ZDNet's Stephanie Condon discussed an Amazon presentation at its re:MARS conference (Amazon's annual confab on topics like machine learning, automation, robotics, and space). In the presentation, Amazon's Alexa AI Senior VP Rohit Prasad showed a clip of a young boy asking an Echo device, "Alexa, can grandma finish reading me'The Wizard of Oz'?" The video then showed the Echo reading the book using what Prasad said was the voice of the child's dead grandmother. The increasing scale of AI is raising the stakes for major ethical questions.

Three opportunities of Digital Transformation: AI, IoT and Blockchain


Koomey's law This law posits that the energy efficiency of computation doubles roughly every one-and-a-half years (see Figure 1–7). In other words, the energy necessary for the same amount of computation halves in that time span. To visualize the exponential impact this has, consider the face that a fully charged MacBook Air, when applying the energy efficiency of computation of 1992, would completely drain its battery in a mere 1.5 seconds. According to Koomey's law, the energy requirements for computation in embedded devices is shrinking to the point that harvesting the required energy from ambient sources like solar power and thermal energy should suffice to power the computation necessary in many applications. Metcalfe's law This law has nothing to do with chips, but all to do with connectivity. Formulated by Robert Metcalfe as he invented Ethernet, the law essentially states that the value of a network increases exponentially with regard to the number of its nodes (see Figure 1–8).



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What is Artificial Intelligence? How does AI work, Types, Trends and Future of it?


Let's take a detailed look. This is the most common form of AI that you'd find in the market now. These Artificial Intelligence systems are designed to solve one single problem and would be able to execute a single task really well. By definition, they have narrow capabilities, like recommending a product for an e-commerce user or predicting the weather. This is the only kind of Artificial Intelligence that exists today. They're able to come close to human functioning in very specific contexts, and even surpass them in many instances, but only excelling in very controlled environments with a limited set of parameters. AGI is still a theoretical concept. It's defined as AI which has a human-level of cognitive function, across a wide variety of domains such as language processing, image processing, computational functioning and reasoning and so on.

A CIO's guide to practical AI applications


There is plenty of talk about artificial intelligence in the enterprise, but a lot of it is not very practical. That's because enterprises aren't equipped with an army of data scientists to build and train new AI models. And it's not just the lack of qualified data scientists -- AI breakthroughs require massive amounts of relevant, annotated data. That doesn't mean however, there is no place for AI in your enterprise innovation strategy. Savvy CIOs are using in-market models and APIs by commercial and industry leaders to solve well-defined use cases, bringing immediate, measurable value to the organization.

Upcoming Amazon Alexa Feature Can Mimic Voices of the Dead


Amazon Alexa might use the voice of friends and family who are no longer alive in a future update. Amazon mentioned the features at its re:MARS conference Wednesday as a way to "make memories last." After listening to someone's voice for less than a minute, Alexa would be able to simulate that voice when speaking. A video of the feature depicted a child who asked to have their grandmother read them a story, and Alexa affirmed before changing her voice, according to Sky News. It's not clear how far the feature is in development or when it could be rolled out to Alexa voice assistants.