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Voice recognition and machine learning make service bots better

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We are on the cusp of a technological revolution whereby increasingly sophisticated tasks can be handed over from humans to machines. Organizations are embracing advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, and natural language technology to adopt platforms that can "learn" from experience and actually interact with users. The next wave of these chatbots will have enhanced real-time data analytics and automation capabilities and the ability to integrate intelligence across multiple digital channels to engage customers in natural conversations using voice or text. When you have a question about a product or service, you will be presented with the best agent, who possesses the entire company's collective experience and a huge wealth of knowledge to address your issue. Think about what happens today when you call your bank or the help desk of an ecommerce site.


AI voice recognition can pick out a voice from a crowd

Daily Mail

Voice recognition has come on in leaps and bounds over recent years and a new AI can now pick out an individual's voice from a crowd. The system uses machine learning to identify the voice prints of a group of speakers, then reconstructs what each person has said. This overcomes what researchers have dubbed the'cocktail party effect' and could lead to improved smart assistants and better automated transcription of speech. Voice recognition has come on in leaps and bounds over recent years and a new AI can now pick out an individual's voice from a crowd. In tests the system could differentiate the voices of up to five people at the same time.


When Is Voice Query Data Coming To Google Search Analytics?

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Four months ago, we reported that Google will be bringing voice query data to Search Analytics within the Google Search Console reporting engine. But when Gary Illyes was asked about it just a week or so ago, he had no updates to share. Simon Heseltine quoted Gary Illyes from Google saying on stage "I don't know if anyone is working on filtering out voice data at this time." Jenny Halasz quoted him saying "We're getting voice query data in search console, but we're just not able to filter. So we have no ETA on when this might be coming.


Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Engadget

Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voice control," according to a press release. The idea is that Intel has done the hard work of designing the mic arrays and voice systems and that all developers will need to do is write applications for them. It offers algorithms for echo cancellation and beam forming, wake words, an 8-mic array and the company's dual digital signal processor. The development kit is up for pre-order starting today for $399.


Cheap chips and simple AI could make voice recognition hardware disposable

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Squeezing down, say, the AI that powers Amazon's AI assistant, Alexa, to run on simple battery-powered chips with clock speeds of just hundreds of megahertz isn't feasible. That's partly because Alexa has to interpret a lot of different sounds, but also because most voice recognition AIs use neural networks that are resource-hungry, which is why Alexa sends its processing to the cloud. The team's first attempts required eight million calculations to analyze a one-second clip of audio with 89 percent accuracy. Instead, he suggests that slightly high-power chips that can summon more of the linguistic capabilities of the kind found in Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa may be better suited to consumer applications.


What is the future of voice recognition and AI? BankNXT

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Mike Townsend started his career working as a design engineer at Brookstone in Singapore, then as a mechanical engineer at ITT Corporation in Los Angeles, designing radar systems for military grade UAVs. He is the founder of ZingCheckout and Flowtab, and remains very active in the payment industry.


Samsung, Kakao to cooperate on AI, voice recognition

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Samsung Electronics and chat giant Kakao will cooperate on AI and voice recognition, the companies have announced. Samsung last month said it wants to put more AI and voice recognition features in its home appliances going forward. Kakao is cooperating with POSCO and GS to put its AI platform in their smart homes. Kakao is preparing to launch is AI-based speaker Kakao Mini, while Samsung will launch theirs next year.


LG's V30 will unlock when it recognizes your face or voice

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Until your phone or tablet is set up just the way you want it, a brand new device feels kind of foreign. With the V30, LG is giving you more options for making the phone your own. You can match haptic feedback to the ringtone of your choosing, for starters. From the manual shooting mode, you can access Graphy, a sort of photo editing suite that grants access to editing presets designed by pro photographers.


Google adds voice recognition for Indian and African languages

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That's part of the reason Google has been updating Gboard for Android with voice support for more international languages, working with native speakers to train machine learning models. Today, Google announced that it's supporting an additional 20 languages and also adding English dialects for four African countries. This means language support for a total of 30 new international locations, mostly centered on the Indian subcontinent and Africa. In total, this brings the grand total of Gboard's voice recognition to 119 languages.