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I got an Echo Dot 3--now how do I set it up?

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Controlling your smart home is easy to do with the best Echo speaker, since Amazon's Alexa works with so many different smart home gadgets. If you've recently acquired an Echo Dot (third-generation) and aren't sure how to set it up, you've come to the right place. Setting up your new Echo Dot (third-generation) speaker doesn't take long at all, but there are a few steps you need to follow. Here's how to set up your Echo Dot 3. The Amazon Alexa app is available for download on iOS and Android devices. If you already have the app installed, check to make sure you're running the latest version of it.


"Hey Update My Voice" movement exposes cyber harassment

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São Paulo, January 2020 - Virtual assistants are increasingly present in people's routine, whether to help, answer questions and facilitate daily life. What they all have in common are women's names and the standard female voice, such as Lu, Siri, Alexa, Nat, Bia, etc. According to a study entitled "I'd Blush If I Could" published by UNESCO in May 2019, virtual assistants via Artificial Intelligence suffer from high levels of gender prejudice, although they usually answer with tolerant, subservient and passive phrases. Based on this context, the "Hey Update My Voice" movement was launched in partnership with UNESCO with the objective of drawing attention to cyber education and respect for virtual assistants, and ask companies to update their assistants' responses. If even virtual assistants are harassed, can you imagine how many women are victims of this kind of violence?


The future is now when it comes to embracing chatbots & AI.

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The future is now when it comes to embracing AI (artificial intelligence). These futuristic ideas are no longer a glimmer in our eyes. We are now fully integrating chatbots and AI in conjunction with Customer Care. It's time to stop talking about the idea of AI and start embracing that they are where Customer Service is NOW. Chances are, you have incorporated AI in your personal life in the form of Alexa, Siri, and Google assistant.


You can finally get a Roomba for an affordable price right now

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Save on the best robot vacuum money can buy. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. One of the most frustrating things about vacuuming, at least in my opinion, is that no matter how often you do it, dirt and dust seem to accumulate back up in the blink of an eye. If you struggle to keep your floors clean as much as the next guy, then a robot vacuum might be the solution to your problems. These little cleaning assistants scoot around your floors, picking up crumbs, pet hair, and everything in between--so you don't have to lift a finger.


Worried About Privacy at Home? There's an AI for That

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Alexa, are you eavesdropping on me? I passive-aggressively ask my Amazon Echo this question every so often. Because as useful as AI has become, it's also very creepy. And this, of course, produces privacy nightmares, as when Amazon or Google subcontractors sit around listening to our audio snippets or hackers remotely spy on our kids. The problem here is structural.


Baidu Beats Google With New AI Language Training Technique - Voicebot.ai

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Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a new way of teaching language to AIs, according to a report in TechnologyReview. The new method offers better results than the ones used by Google and Microsoft, beating out both companies in the General Language and Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) competition. Baidu's new model is called Enhanced Representation through kNowledge IntEgration, or ERNIE. It was named after the Sesame Street character because Google named the former champion model the Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers or BERT. To take the crown from Google, ERNIE had to outperform its rival in the nine different language tests of GLUE.


Rise of the Cognitive Enterprise in a Post-Digital Transformation World

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Dear C-Suite member, I have to ask: How do you define digital transformation, and what does it look like once you've digitally transformed? The truth is that everyone defines digital transformation differently, and as such, the end states are difficult to define. But what if I told you that most digital transformation roadmaps were no longer enough to compete for the future? In reality, digital transformation has become foundational. It's necessary that every organization embrace digital transformation to modernize infrastructure, operations and most importantly, performance.


Amazon details the AI behind Alexa's Whisper Mode

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In October 2018, months after a brief reveal, Amazon brought Whisper Mode to select third- and first-party Alexa devices. It expanded the feature to all locales in November 2019, such that all smart home appliances powered by Alexa -- the company's virtual assistant -- now respond to whispered speech by whispering back. Amazon was a bit light on the technical details initially, save that Whisper Mode uses a neural network -- layers of mathematical functions loosely modeled after the human brain's neurons -- to distinguish among normal and whispered words. But in an academic paper appearing in the January 2020 issue of the journal IEEE Signal Processing Letters and an accompanying blog post, it detailed the research that led to the expansion. The principal challenge was converting normal speech into whispered speech while maintaining naturalness and speaker identity, explained Marius Cotescu, an applied scientist in Amazon's text-to-speech research group.


5 Big Myths of AI and Machine Learning Debunked - Communal News

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AI has been with us in one form or another for over 60 years and yet it seems to be more misunderstood today than ever. Venture capital investment in AI now tops $3 billion annually, and the number of active startups in the U.S. that are developing AI technologies has gone up by a factor of 14 since 2000. A huge number of consumer products are now being built with AI, from smartphones that understand what we say to smart dolls that can understand how your child feels. But in the enterprise, the sentiment surrounding AI still seems to stress caution. First-movers aside, executives are hesitant to implement AI and machine learning systems in their organization and that's if they even understand the difference between the two.


The Future of Voice Tech by Max Amordeluso

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Max Amordeluso is the Lead Evangelist for Amazon Alexa in Europe. His main mission is to introduce Alexa to European developers and demonstrate how they can build natural and delightful voice experiences for customers. Max has held several technical leadership roles during a career spanning over 15 years--prior to his current role, he led the teams that brought Alexa Skills Kit to the United Kingdom and Germany and spent the previous two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max is passionate about topics including Human-Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the materialization of science fiction predictions Join us in this video, as Max takes us through the advancements in speech understanding. There is growth in the way that we can communicate with technology, we can now take part in more complex conversations, ask them to make reservations for restaurants, ask them to set reminders.