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Natural Language Processing APIs

API Name<p>Description<p>The Google Assistant API provides a way to access the Assistant service Embeddedassistant.googleapis.com, which is needed to …

Japanese AI writes sci-fi novel, almost wins literary prize

In the same week that Microsoft’s teen Twitter bot, Tay, was transformed into a sexually voracious Hitler apologist by trolls who abused her machine …

The 10 best iPad apps of 2015

Between iOS 9 and the all-new iPad Pro, Apple's tablets got some major updates this year.<p>If Santa brought you an iPad this holiday — or if you're …

Artificial Intelligence

Learn to Code with Harvard’s Popular Intro to Computer Science Course: The 2015 Edition

Briefly noted: This fall, Harvard has been rolling out videos from the 2015 edition of Computer Science 50 (CS50), the university's introductory …

What To Make Of BCG's New 50 Most Innovative Companies List

• Tesla jumped from 41rst in 2013 to 3rd this year, a 38 position increase.<br>• Apple and Google hold on to first and second rankings this year.<br>• 79% of senior executives ranked innovation as either the top-most priority or a top-three priority at their company.<br>• 50% of senior executives predict technology …

Innovation

Microsoft Launches Campaign to Encourage Computer Science Among Canadian Youth

Microsoft believes that computer science and coding is the solution to all-time unemployment highs among Canadian youth and the skills gap in our …

Education

Teach your kids to code with this neat Minecraft lesson

Minecraft, which innocently started out as a vast open-world block-based game, is probably the closest thing to crack cocaine for kids. Its popularity with the grade school set is likely what helped it become one of the best-selling games of all time, turned the game’s developers, Mojang, into a …

Kids

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2016

• The advertised salary for technical professionals with big data expertise and in-demand skills is $124,000 net of bonuses and compensation.<br>• IBM (NYSE:IBM), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) together advertised 26,488 open positions that required big data expertise in the last twelve …

Big Data

'RoboBees' with Laser Eyes Could Locate Disaster Victims

Mechanical eyes that shoot laser beams could one day help robot bees fly without crashing into obstacles, researchers say.<p>These laser eyes could also …

Robotics

Google Search Just Got Way Better at Understanding Your Questions

Google Search is steadily becoming smarter–from voice search in 2008 to the Knowledge Graph in 2012. But now, the Google Search team is marking …

Tech Firms Partner To Give Teachers More Student Data More Quickly

Student Assessment<p>Two educational technology companies are partnering to create a new product they say will help teachers quickly grade and analyze …

Freelancing

Asus Chromebit is a tiny $85 computer that connects directly to your TV

Your smartphone is a powerful computer that fits in your pocket. Why, then, are most desktop computers today fairly large, heavy, unsightly …

How Zombies Could Be the Future of AI

In July, news headlines blared that robots passed a “self-awareness” test. Naturally, the articles made the semi-joking references to Skynet and …

Barack Obama

Machine Learning

What is the potential of machine learning over the next 5-10 years? And how can we develop this technology in a way that benefits everyone?<p>The Royal …

Machine Learning

Down the Rabbit Hole: Delving Into Language Processing in the Brain

<b>Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old this year but the ever-young adventurer recently led Cornell researchers to a part of the brain that helps</b> …

Amazon Echo owners can create custom voice commands with IFTTT

Telling Amazon's Alexa to play some music or add an item to your shopping list is <i>pretty cool</i>, but there comes a point where you start to feel the limits of the Echo's pre-programmed voice commands. It doesn't have to be that way anymore: Amazon and the automation wizards at IFTTT just announced a …

14 Books That Inspired Elon Musk

When people ask Elon Musk how he learned to build rockets, he has a simple answer.<p>“I read books,” he reportedly likes to say.<p>Musk — who was smart …

‘Super Science Friends’, An Animated Series About a Super-Powered Team of Some of the World’s Greatest Scientists

<i>Super Science Friends</i> is a clever and stylish animated series by Tinman Creative about a super-powered team of some of the world’s greatest …

Convergence Coming for Supercomputing, Machine Learning

November 20, 2015 Nicole Hemsoth<p>When it comes to traditional supercomputing, the tools, frameworks, and software stacks tend to be codified, …

Machine Learning

The Marines start training Google's 160-pound robo-dog Spot

Spot, the silent robo-dog made by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics, enjoyed the great outdoors for a week back in September. Not to fetch sticks or roll around in the grass, but to train... with the Marines. It's gone a long way since its time stalking indoors, getting kicked by well-meaning …

6 Tricks to Speaking a Foreign Language with an Impressive Accent

Has someone ever said this to you before? “Wait a minute- you’re not from here? But you have no accent! Is one of your parents from here?” The first …

Language Learning

Jobs in Education – Other Than in the Classroom

There are many jobs in the education sector that do not requiring traditional teaching in the classroom. Here are some careers to pursue if you …

Teens have trouble telling between Google ads and search links

You may have have a keen eye for that golden "ad" marker when you're searching Google, but not everyone is so astute. UK watchdog Ofcom has posted a study showing that just 31 percent of kids aged 12 to 15 can tell the difference between a Google search ad and the real results just below them. They …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

A Genetic Map Hints At What Makes A Brain Human

Patterns of gene expression in human and mouse brains suggest that cells known as glial cells may have helped us evolve brains that can acquire language and solve complex problems.<p>Scientists have been dissecting human brains for centuries. But nobody can explain precisely what allows people to use …

The Brain

How Languages Evolved

Bonjour! Namastē! Hyālō! However you say “hello,” it might surprise you to learn that over 400 Indo-European languages may have come from one single …

Linguistics

Must Read Books for Beginners on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Introduction<p>Machine Learning has granted incredible power to humans. The power to run tasks in automated manner, the power to make our lives …

5 Reasons Why Listening Is Important for Foreign Language Learning

When a native speaker starts talking in your target language, does it sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher blabbing?<p>Blah, blah, blah.<p>Do you struggle to …

Language Learning