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Zoom launches Zapps, OnZoom as it builds out its ecosystem for developers, content creators

ZDNet

We've gathered details about 10 leading services, all capable of providing high-quality video with collaboration tools. Zoom is launching Zapps, where apps developers can build within the video conferencing experience, and a new event marketplace called OnZoom aimed at a wide range of content creators with monetization for ticket sales. Combine the two efforts and it's clear Zoom is leveraging its scale and popularity to build an ecosystem for a wide range of partners. Zoom outlined its new efforts during its Zoomtopia virtual customer event. The updates come as Zoom is holding a financial analyst meeting during Zoomtopia.


One farmer finds answer to ESL students' virtual learning struggles

FOX News

For non-native speaking English students, trying to get good grades while learning a new language can be challenging at the best of times, but as classes turn virtual some students are being left behind. BUCKEYE, Az. -- Virtual classrooms are the new normal for many students, but for non-native speaking English students, trying to get good grades can be challenging in the best of times. As classes turn virtual due to COVID-19, some students are being left behind. Valeria Gonzalez, 11, told Fox News that her school in Buckeye, Az., doesn't offer a virtual English as a second language (ESL) program. All of her classes are taught by an English speaking teacher with no Spanish translation.


6 AI Trends That Will Drive Economic Recovery As States Reopen

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"The Golden Age of Biology is upon us," said Mayfield Fund's Navin Chaddha commenting on CRISPR gene ... [ ] editing With economic indicators not seen since the Great Depression (U.S. unemployment at 18%, GDP Q1 contraction at 4.8%, forecasted to surpass 30% for Q2) and the U.S. stock market propped up by trillions of dollars in government stimulus and soaring toward record highs, this is either the worst of times, as Fed Chair Powell declared in his April 28 monetary policy address, or the best of times to come. As more than half of U.S. states begin to reopen from the COVID-19 shutdown, one thing remains clear for now: The sharing economy is dead. Long live the distancing economy. To get an understanding of the role that AI will play in driving growth amid the global coronavirus crisis, I had a chance to talk with Navin Chaddha, managing partner of Mayfield Fund and Forbes Midas List investor, on the post-pandemic outlook for private equity investment. He shared Mayfield's thesis for their newest early stage funds which closed at $750 million on March 25, just as 90% of the world was locking down.


Kuri the adorable home robot starts shipping to pre-order customers

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Kuri, the home robot that wants to be more companion and less Roomba, has begun shipping out to customers. Kuri creator Mayfield Robotics, a Bosch-owned startup, revealed that its initial shipments have gone out via FedEx – which means it technically met its goal of beginning to ship the photogenic little friend bots prior to the end of 2017, if only just.


Kuri Robot Brings Autonomous Video to a Home Near You

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Most home robots are designed primarily for convenience and function. Silicon Valley startup Mayfield Robotics designed Kuri specifically to be an adorable home companion. And that means it needed to have one quality you won't find in most robotic vacuums and other home bots: cuteness. Mayfield introduced Kuri earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Since then, the Mayfield team has made several updates to the robot.


slack-complete-amazon-empire-acquisition

WIRED

Perhaps more importantly, the buy would give Amazon control over a platform that many people believe could be the next big thing in computing. Over the years, Amazon's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has grown to power everything from consumer services like Netflix to corporate and governmental applications for the likes of General Electric and The CIA. Instead, "conversational interfaces" may dominate, powered by voice-controlled systems like the Echo or chat programs like Facebook Messenger and Slack. Perhaps more importantly in the long term, Amazon could give Slack access to its artificial intelligence research and development.


Kuri the adorable smart home robot can now detect your face

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Kuri, the smart home robot from Bosch internal startup Mayfield Robotics, won a lot of hearts when it debuted at CES in January. Now, the little domestic bot has gained some new abilities, which should help it win minds, too, when it launches officially to pre-order customers later this year. One of Kuri's new powers is facial detection, which allows it to tailor its reactions and responses to respond to faces it sees. That means it can smile back at people who smile at it, and watch your face with its eyes while waiting for your next instruction. It's a big step towards making Kuri a robot that feels like it has emotions and warmth.


Adorable Kuri robot appears wise, watchful and doesn’t judge

Mashable

The history of home robotics is littered with the carcasses of unmet promises and potential. Kuri, the autonomous home robot, might change that. The 14-pound, 20-inch robot from Mayfield Robotics makes its debut this week at CES in Las Vegas. There's no complicated touch screen or even an animated face. Instead, the rolling bot has a round head that can look up at you with two simple eyes (it even has plastic eyelids) and a cone-like body with a pair of what appear to be fixed, gray plastic arms.


KELVIN: Extracting Knowledge from Large Text Collections

AAAI Conferences

We describe the KELVIN system for extracting entities and relations from large text collections and its use in the TAC Knowledge Base Population Cold Start task run by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Cold Start task starts with an empty knowledge base defined by an ontology or entity types, properties and relations. Evaluations in 2012 and 2013 were done using a collection of text from local Web and news to de-emphasize the linking entities to a background knowledge bases such as Wikipedia. Interesting features of KELVIN include a cross-document entity coreference module based on entity mentions, removal of suspect intra-document conference chains, a slot value consolidator for entities, the application of inference rules to expand the number of asserted facts and a set of analysis and browsing tools supporting development.


Data-Driven Interaction Patterns: Authority and Information Sharing in Dialogue

AAAI Conferences

We explore the utility of a computational framework for social authority in dialogue, codified as utterance-level annotations. We first use these annotations at a macro level, compiling aggregate statistics and showing that the resulting features are predictive of group performance in a task-based dialogue. Then, at a micro level, we introduce the notion of an interaction pattern, a formulation of speaker interactions over multiple turns. We use these patterns to characterize situations where speakers do not share information equally. These patterns are found to be more discriminative at this task than similar patterns using standard dialogue acts.