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Amazon Alexa can now answer common questions around menopause

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is already a fount of knowledge on health topics ranging from the symptoms of chicken pox to how to relive a migraine. Now Amazon has teamed up with independent website Menopause Matters to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions around menopause. Alexa users in the UK can ask questions including'What treatments are available for the menopause?', 'What is perimenopause?', and'What are the benefits or risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopause?' The news comes amid warnings that women going through the menopause are often mis-diagnosed with depression, because GPs do not know all the symptoms.


Roomba robot vacuums gain Siri voice support as part of big update

Engadget

The Genius 4.0 Home Intelligence update adds Siri Shortcut Integration to the iRobot Home app, allowing iOS users to connect their devices to Apple's voice assistant. Similar to Google Assistant and Alexa users, they can set up their custom phrases or simply say "Hey Siri, ask Roomba to clean everywhere" to start the vacuum. Genius 4.0 also gives users the capability to create customizable smart maps for the Roomba i3 and i3 models, which they can access if they want their devices to clean specific rooms in the house. They can also create custom cleaning routines based on their schedules, automatons and the rooms they want to send the vacuum to. These particular features are now available in the Americas and will make their way to customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa by the end of the third quarter.


Why AI Isn't Providing Better Product Recommendations

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If you're interested in obscure things, there are two reasons why your searches for items and products are likely to be less related to your interests than those of your'mainstream' peers; either you're a monetization'edge case' whose interests will only be catered to if you're also in the upper categories of economic purchasing power (for example, products and services related to'wealth management'); or the search algorithms that you're using are leveraging collaborative filtering (CF), which favors the interests of the majority. Since collaborative filtering is cheaper and more established than other potentially more capable algorithms and frameworks, it's possible that both these cases apply. CF-based search results will prioritize items that are perceived to be popular among'people like you', as best the host framework can understand what kind of a consumer you are. If you're wary of providing data profiling information to the host system – for instance, not inclined to press the'Like' buttons in Netflix and other video content services – you're likely to be classified quite generically in your earliest interactions with the system, and the recommendations you receive will reflect the most popular trends. On a streaming platform, that could mean being recommended whatever shows and movies are currently'hot', such as reality TV and forensic murder documentaries, irrespective of your interest in these.


Syncing Alexa, Google Nest and Apple smart home tech is about to get easier with Matter

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Chances are, if you're reading this article, you have at least one smart home device in your household. After all, according to several studies on the topic, nearly half of U.S. households currently have at least one. From smart speakers and connected thermostats to light bulbs and video cameras, these gadgets have quickly moved from cutting edge to mainstream. If you have multiple smart devices in your home, you've likely discovered what's keeping much of the remaining half of U.S. households from buying their first one. It's hard to make them work together.


Maria Carmelita Escultos on LinkedIn: #innovation #technology #future

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Crowd Sourcing Specialist at Appen ACTIVELY HIRING Let's connect! Transcript Data Collection for Italian speakers in Italy We are hiring! Ready to help a leading technology provider to improve the quality of day-to-day interactions with your smart home speakers for higher quality outputs? We are looking for individuals who currently own a Google Home and/ or Amazon Echo in their home, interact with it frequently, and would be willing to share recent transcripts of the voice commands you give to these smart home speakers. Requirements: · Must own either an Amazon Echo and/ or Google Home · Ability to extract 30 days of transcripts · Frequent interactions with smart home speakers · Minimum of 100 transcripts available/ submitted Please follow the steps below on how to apply for the project: 1. Visit the Appen website using the link below: https://lnkd.in/gtD6FeUh


Sugar daddy dating site CEO uses his own creation to see the light

ZDNet

In a week when so many profess their love, I profess confusion. I was intently ignoring the tawdry spectacle of Valentine's Day when a press release muscled its way onto my laptop, claiming to smell like a rose. The headline was joyous: "Seeking.com There's always the suspicion that you're running away from what you were before. Especially if you used to be called SeekingArrangement.com and your founder and CEO once declared that "love doesn't exist." The clue to the rebrand, however, seems to lie in cutting the sugar. Or, in the company's own words: "What started as an elite dating site for finding honest, authentic connections based on success-minded interests has become misrepresented over the years, with the phrase'sugar dating' taking on a more negative, transactional connotation." But now things have changed, says "the world's largest upscale dating website." "Seeking will ditch the sugar," proclaims the company. It will be "relaunching as the largest platform for like-minded individuals looking to date up and forge relationships on their own terms." Dating up is a curious concept. Does it mean dating someone far more physically fetching than you are? Or does it merely mean dating someone who's got more money than you do? I feared the latter; I really did. Somehow, money is a currency that embraces far more than numbers and things. It conveys, in too many minds, a desirability that really shouldn't be there. And I'm not referring to any famous tech CEOs when I say that. But never let it be said that tech CEOs are egotistical, purely driven by their own self-involvement and self-regard. Then again, here are the thoughts of Seeking's CEO, Brandon Wade: "When I started Seeking in 2006, my dating life flourished.


Apple's bid to quell dating app concerns earns another €5 million fine from Dutch regulator

ZDNet

Apple's latest attempt to resolve its dating app dispute with the Netherlands' consumer watchdog has fallen short, resulting in its fine total for this matter rising to €20 million. Last week, Apple revised its app store policies in an effort to adhere to an Authority for Consumers and Markets' (ACM) order for the iPhone maker to update its app store policies so dating app providers could use payment systems other than the one offered by Apple. The changes entailed Apple providing an option for dating app providers to use either a third-party payment system within the app or include an in-app link directing users to the developer's website to complete a purchase. To use either option, however, developers would need to submit a separate app binary solely on an app's Dutch storefront and report external sales back to Apple to enable a third-party payments system. The ACM concluded that this is unreasonable and creates an unnecessary barrier for using third-party payment systems.


UK dating app Fluttr aims to beat the 'Tinder swindlers' with biometric ID

The Guardian

A new British dating app is promising to eradicate Tinder Swindler-style romance fraud, which cost duped daters almost £100m last year, by ensuring that all members complete biometric ID verification before they digitally mingle. Fluttr, which claims to be the first UK online dating app to use such technology to improve user safety, is launching on Valentine's Day in the hope of getting a boost from singletons looking to change their relationship status. The issue of romance fraud, catfishing and fake profiles has been put into the spotlight following the release of Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, which tells the true story of a man who went to extraordinary lengths to scam women for millions after meeting them online. The pandemic, when online dating was the only mixing that was allowed, has driven a huge surge in scams costing those duped £92m in the UK last year. "We want to rid the world of Tinder Swindlers and create a safe space free from the fake profiles used to defraud, catfish and abuse online daters," said Rhonda Alexander, the chief executive and co-founder of Fluttr.


How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

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BARCELONA, CATALONIA, SPAIN - 2019/02/27: The humanoid robot Pepper of the American company ... [ ] CloudMinds is seen shaking hands with a visitor during the MWC2019. The MWC2019 Mobile World Congress opens its doors to showcase the latest news of the manufacturers of smart phones. The presence of devices prepared to manage 5G communications has been the hallmark of this edition. Robots are stealing our jobs! AI is making us obsolete!


StoryBuddy: A Human-AI Collaborative Chatbot for Parent-Child Interactive Storytelling with Flexible Parental Involvement

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Despite its benefits for children's skill development and parent-child bonding, many parents do not often engage in interactive storytelling by having story-related dialogues with their child due to limited availability or challenges in coming up with appropriate questions. While recent advances made AI generation of questions from stories possible, the fully-automated approach excludes parent involvement, disregards educational goals, and underoptimizes for child engagement. Informed by need-finding interviews and participatory design (PD) results, we developed StoryBuddy, an AI-enabled system for parents to create interactive storytelling experiences. StoryBuddy's design highlighted the need for accommodating dynamic user needs between the desire for parent involvement and parent-child bonding and the goal of minimizing parent intervention when busy. The PD revealed varied assessment and educational goals of parents, which StoryBuddy addressed by supporting configuring question types and tracking child progress. A user study validated StoryBuddy's usability and suggested design insights for future parent-AI collaboration systems.