Growing Up with Alexa

MIT Technology Review

When it comes to digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa, my four-year-old niece Hannah Metz is an early adopter. "Alexa, play'It's Raining Tacos,'" she commanded on a recent sunny afternoon, and the voice-controlled helper immediately complied, blasting through its speaker a confection of a song with lines like "It's raining tacos from out of the sky" and "Yum, yum, yum, yum, yumidy yum." These things are most popular among people age 25 to 34, which includes a ton of parents of young children and parents-to-be. Her interest in her digital assistant jibes with some findings in a recent MIT study, where researchers looked at how children ages three to 10 interacted with Alexa, Google Home, a tiny game-playing robot called Cozmo, and a smartphone app called Julie Chatbot.

Smartphones set to become 'superphones'


Keynote addresses at the world's biggest consumer electronics show routinely attract a full house, but in the country that gave the world Apple, the international press corps seemed fixated on the touted "epic" capabilities of the Honor Magic, the latest model in the budget smartphone brand by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Ahead of the anticipated launch of the iPhone 8, Apple is reportedly working on an AI chip of its own – tentatively called the Apple Neural Engine. "We predict that by 2019, 20 per cent of all smartphone interactions will be done via a virtual personal assistant [VPA]," Cozza says. Huawei sees upcoming Mate 10 handset spoiling the launch of Apple's new iPhone

How Natural Language Processing Is Used - DZone Big Data


Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the ability of a computer program to understand human speech as if it were spoken. In other words, Natural Language Processing is a field of computer science, AI, and computational linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human languages. It is a computer activity in which computers analyze, understand, and generate natural language. In fact,NLP is one aspect of Machine Learning, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence that has the potential to truly change everything.

Six Life-Like Robots That Prove The Future of Human Evolution is Synthetic


Humanoid robots have come eerily close to overcoming the uncanny valley. But Sophia, an ultra-realistic humanoid created by Hanson Robotics, isn't concerned. She helps visitors and collects data for future studies about the interactions between human androids and their real-life counterparts. She was created by Hanson Robotics and represents the latest and greatest effort to overcome the uncanny valley.

Artificial intelligence is coming to medicine -- don't be afraid


Groundbreaking AI models have bested humans in complex reasoning games, like the recent victory of Google's AlphaGo AI over the human Go champ. Thoughtfully combining human expertise and automated functionality creates an "augmented" physician model that scales and advances the expertise of the doctor. Physicians would rather practice at the top of their licensing and address complex patient interaction than waste time entering data, faxing (yes, faxing!) But to radically advance health care productivity, physicians must work alongside innovators to atomize the tasks of their work.

The importance of building ethics into artificial intelligence


A crucial step toward building a secure and thriving AI industry is collectively defining what ethical AI means for people developing the technology – and people using it. At Sage, we define ethical AI as the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans, built with the ability to autonomously conduct, support or manage business activity across disciplines in a responsible and accountable way. Consequently, the industry should focus on efforts to develop and grow a diverse talent pool that can build AI technologies to enhance business operations and address specific sets of workplace issues, while ensuring that it is accountable. Hopefully, AI's human co-workers – including people actually building the technology – will learn vital AI management skills, adopt strong ethics and hold themselves more accountable in the process.

How men and women behave is nurture, not just nature

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They suggest that rather than the sexes acting differently because of genetic inheritance, human environment and culture influence some behaviour traits from generation to generation. An international research team, led by the University of Exeter found that rather than the sexes acting differently because of genetic inheritance, human environment and culture influence some behaviour traits from generation to generation. 'The sort of behaviours about which these arguments are often made are greater promiscuity among men than women, female tendencies to prefer domestic or child-rearing work, and greater aggressiveness among men, perhaps explaining their greater success in some professions. Professor John Dupré told MailOnline: 'The sort of behaviours about which these arguments are often made are greater promiscuity among men than women, female tendencies to prefer domestic or child-rearing work, and greater aggressiveness among men' (stock image) 'Genetic inheritance continues to be critical for the capacity to quickly learn an adaptive behaviour, but environmental factors that are stable over generations remove any selective pressure for the development of parallel genetic mechanisms.'

Eliminating the Human

MIT Technology Review

Online ordering and home delivery: Online ordering is hugely convenient. Robot workforce: Factories increasingly have fewer and fewer human workers, which means no personalities to deal with, no agitating for overtime, and no illnesses. Big data: Improvements and innovations in crunching massive amounts of data mean that patterns can be recognized in our behavior where they weren't seen previously. Automated high-speed stock buying and selling: A machine crunching huge amounts of data can spot trends and patterns quickly and act on them faster than a person can.

Why chatbots need a big push from deep learning 7wData


At the forefront of this resurgence are the fields of conversational interactions (personal assistants or chatbots), computer vision and autonomous navigation, which thanks to advances in hardware, data availability and revolutionary machine learning techniques, have enjoyed tremendous progress within the span of just a few years. Helping turn this promise into reality is a combination of better user interfaces, the omnipresence of smart-phones, and new, state of the art, machine learning techniques. Perhaps one of the main drivers behind this wave of novel AI applications is deep learning, an area of machine learning that, despite existing for roughly 50 years, has recently revolutionized fields such as computer vision and natural language processing (NLP). Unsupervised Learning, the subfield of machine learning devoted to extracting information from raw data, unassisted by humans, is likely a promising alternative.

The Bots Are Coming: How Companies Can Balance Automation with the Human Touch


By integrating automation and cloud communications capabilities with key business applications, organizations can provide employees and bots with easier access to customer information, equipping them to deliver answers faster and more accurately. Chatbots are excellent for around the clock service on standard customer questions, including product information, password resets, and order status checks. In fact, research shows that 68% of consumers like the concept of the 24-hour customer service that robots provide. Along with speed and accuracy, customers still expect personalization which suggests that a thoughtful combination of artificial intelligence and human interaction will bring the best of both worlds to customers.