Machine learning has advanced from the age of science fiction to a major component of modern enterprises, especially as businesses across almost all sectors use various machine learning technologies. As an example, the healthcare industry is utilizing machine learning business applications to achieve more accurate diagnoses and provide better treatment to their patients. Retailers also use machine learning to send the right goods and products to the right stores before it is out of stock. Medical researchers are also not left out when it comes to using machine learning as many introduce newer and more effective medicines with the help of this technology. Many use cases are emerging from all sectors as machine learning is being implemented in logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, travel and tourism, energy, and utilities.
Zammo.ai today launched a conversational AI platform that makes it simpler to engage customers via multiple voice assistants, interactive voice response (IVR)/telephony, and chatbots without having to write any code. That no-code approach, provided via the integrations the company has embedded within its software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, enables organizations to create workflows that span multiple conversational AI technologies without the aid of an internal IT team or a systems integrator, said company CEO Alex Farr. "No one from IT is required," he said. That approach provides the added benefit of eliminating the need to force customers to embrace a specific conversational AI platform, noted Farr. Organizations can add support for conversational AI platforms based on customer preferences, he said.
This represents our fifth annual Voice AI predictions article and there is no question it is the most interesting and insightful to date. It is also the largest with over 100 predictions from 50 voice industry leaders. You will not that some of our guest contributors are confident enough to make multiple predictions. It increases the odds at least one of them will be correct. What is striking for our 2021 issue is the breadth of predictions and the interesting insights. The industry is simply more mature, has seen more, and has a better grasp on what is coming. I enjoyed reading this year's predictions and am sure you will as well. Despite the breadth of topics covered, there are at least two topics that arose with meaningfully higher frequency than the others. Predictions related to the rise of custom assistants were mentioned by at least 11 contributors followed by an increase focus on voice solution while on-the-go. Personalization, both in terms of the user preference and emotion recognition or empathy, and a rise in multimodal user experiences were next in line mentioned by about 10% of the contributors. After that, a number of topics showed some popularity ranging from more rapid voice AI adoption in customer service (including virtual humans) to more growth in voice assistant features for audio media. It was interesting to see two guests (Audrey Arbeeny and Kirill Petrov) mention an expected rise of voice assistant and custom synthetic voices in games, a couple who are optimistic about Apple making a big Siri update this year (Brian Roemmele and Max Child), and how AR might spur voice adoption (Joan Palmiter Bajorek and Craig Sanders).
Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 preview for those on its Windows Insiders program that brings a few fixes and a new feature for Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa. Cortana has taken a backseat on Windows 10 these days but Microsoft has announced a new "file skill" in Cortana that's available for Insiders that helps users quickly open and find files. "You can now use Cortana on your PCs to translate their thoughts into direct actions to open and find files and save time spent navigating to apps/folders to locate and open files," says Brandon LeBlanc, program manager for the Windows Insider program. In other words, Cortana will help people find files using their voice rather than sifting through files by typing words. You can now ask the assistant to look for files based on parts of a file name, the author of file that needs to be found, or by asking it to find a recently edited file.
A version of the OS currently available to Insider program beta testers includes the ability to find files on your PC simply by asking for them. Enterprise users with OneDrive or SharePoint can also locate files in network drives that they have access to, but the key here is that it can find information without needing every specific detail. According to the blog post, just the part of a file name or name of an author can be enough for the AI to figure out which document you need. "Hey Cortana, opening marketing deck," and "Hey Cortana, open budget Excel from Anthony" are two examples, along with'find recent files" to pop up the last few items you've accessed. Build 20270 is now available for you in the Dev Channel.
Cortana may not be the personal assistant she once was, but a new update as part of the Windows Insider Dev Channel means that her capabilities to find files have improved. The new "File Skill" in the Cortana app appears in the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20270, part of the Dev Channel. In this experimental app, Cortana's skills have been honed to the point where she can find files in the cloud, with a better understanding of what you're looking for. If your PC is enrolled in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or later, some of these capabilities will already be available. As long as you have speech recognition enabled on your PC, you can ask Cortana "find my recent files," and it should unearth the last two or three files you've used on your PC.
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Voice technology has come a long way. With smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, and so forth, daily chores and tedious tasks are now a cakewalk. You come home from work and the light turns on and the coffee machine starts to brew. You don't have to worry about the washing machine staying on or whether you forgot to turn the kitchen lights off when you've already hit the bed. Smart voice assistants are now your personal butlers, thanks to voice technology.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com. Flaws in Amazon's Alexa were serious enough that a user "in just one-click" could have handed over their voice history, home address and control of their Amazon account, cybersecurity firm Check Point said in a recent report. An attacker could have also silently installed, viewed and removed Alexa skills, Check Point said, referring to voice-driven Alexa apps. A hacker could have also accessed a victim's personal information, such as banking data history and usernames.
In an announcement posted on July 31, the company said it would pull the Cortana mobile app from both iOS and Android devices in early 2021. While this is new for American users, Microsoft did a similar scrubbing of mobile Cortana in regions like Canada, Australia, and the U.K back in Jan. 2020. As Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry explained back then, this means that, "your reminders and lists won't work through [mobile Cortana] anymore. They'll still be synced to the Microsoft To Do app, as a minor consolation prize. It's also being integrated into Microsoft 365 apps."