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Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Text-To-Speech

The future of FinTech is racist, according to this anonymous data scientist

<i>This is an excerpt from a long interview between an anonymous data scientist and</i> Logic Magazine <i>about AI, deep learning, FinTech, and the future, conducted in November 2016.</i><p><b>LOGIC:</b> <b>One hears a lot about algorithmic finance and things like</b> robo<b>-advisers. And I’m wondering, is it over-hyped?</b><p><b>DATA</b> …

An Introduction to Docker Through Story

My previous few story-based articles seem to have really hit it off and I’ve had some very good feedback from you all. As such I thought I’d continue …

FORGET BITCOIN: An $8 trillion bubble in global markets is waiting to pop

For all the hype about bitcoin, far more investors are exposed to an $8 trillion bubble in financial markets.<p>It's all the government and corporate bonds that still have negative yields eight years after the financial crisis, according to Torsten Sløk, the chief international economist at Deutsche …

29 Scariest Upcoming Horror Games

Horror on the horizon.<p>It's been a surprisingly good year for horror games, with big-name hits like Resident Evil 7 and Outlast 2 sharing the …

Horror

How To Become A Machine Learning Engineer: Learning Path

We will walk you through all the aspects of machine learning from simple linear regressions to the latest neural networks, and you will learn not …

World's Biggest Beer Merger Edges Closer, After Passing Antitrust Scrutiny

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller received approval for their $107 billion merger from U.S. antitrust regulators on Wednesday after the companies agreed to unload beer assets and preserve competition from independent craft brewers.<p>The Department of Justice approval comes with a number of …

Beer

AI is being used to brew beer in the UK

Brewers have a lot of tools at their disposal when it comes to brewing beer: hops, yeast, grain and loads of equipment. One brewery in the UK is employing AI to perfect its recipes though, and it claims it's the first to do so. IntelligentX Brewing Company is a collaborative effort between machine …

Google's new research lab in Zurich is inventing the future of search

Google has announced its first artificial intelligence research lab outside the US in Switzerland. Headed by Emmanuel Mogenet, Google Research Europe will be based at the search giant’s Zurich office and focus on applying machine learning to Google products including Search, Photos, and Google's …

Why Pinterest just open-sourced new tools for the Elixir programming language

At Pinterest, that company with a popular app for pinning images and other content to boards, much of the source code is written in the longstanding Python programming language. But in the past year, a few of the company’s software engineers have called on a young language called Elixir.<p>Pinterest’s …

Software Development

Google launches new Christmas games and lets you build your own

Developers from Google’s Fun Propulsion Labs (yes, that’s what it’s called), have unveiled open-source Christmas versions of the Android games Pie Noon and Zooshi.<p>Both are simple games that appeal to all ages, letting you pelt friends with pies or feed well-dressed animals. The Christmas versions …

EFF's free HTTPS tool 'Let's Encrypt' enters public beta

Really, there’s no good reason for devs to not adopt HTTPS certification. The added protection makes you and your users safer, and ensures that you can guarantee that your website doesn’t inject malicious malware, tracking or unwanted ads onto your user experience.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation …

How to Start Android App Development for Beginners

So you have a killer app idea and you’re ready to turn it into a reality and take it to market. No doubt you’re itching to start getting your first downloads, reviews and profits… But there’s just one problem: you don’t have a clue where to start!<p>Learning to code is difficult enough on its own but …

Android News

Machine Intelligence In The Real World

Shivon Zilis Contributor<p>Shivon Zilis is an investor at Bloomberg Beta.<p>I’ve been laser-focused on machine intelligence in the past few years. I’ve talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors about helping machines make us smarter.<p>In the months since I shared my landscape of …

The internet is obsessed with this new Acapella app

Chances are you’ve seen videos like this in your timeline recently:<p>n a o m i (@naomilasagna)#Hollow - @ToriKelly made with @AcapellaApp (makers of @PicPlayPost) glad to be part of the team :) pic.twitter.com/19VOpZ2CMbNovember 23, 2015<p>Or maybe ones like this:<p>Acapella Videos (@AcapellaVideos_)Me in …

Apps

Why smart coffee makers are a dumb but beautiful dream

The world has yet to see a practical, Web-connected coffee maker that also brews fantastic joe because building one in reality remains elusive.<p>Lately there's been a lot of talk about smart coffee makers and even intelligent tea makers , both brainy appliances designed to enjoy live links to the …

Coffee

An ex-Facebook exec just launched a $70 million fund for tech startups

It's White Star's first institutional fund and has been raised from backers including the Canadian government, the chair of auction house Christie's, and the founder of Cirque du Soleil, among others.<p>White Star will invest between $500,000 (£428,500) and $5 million (£3.3 million) in tech startups …

Venture Capital

Driverless buses will hit the road in Switzerland

Driverless buses are expected to hit the road in Switzerland next spring, as part of a two-year trial run that will test how well the vehicles operate in real-life traffic.<p>The buses will have room for 9 passengers and will be the first such test of autonomous driving technology involving public …

Cyanogen’s official apps now available to CyanogenMod users w/ new C-Apps package

Cyanogen OS is the popular operating system from the team behind CyanogenMod that ships on devices such as the OnePlus One and Wiley Fox. Cyanogen OS offers a handful of features that its aftermarket CyanogenMod ROM solution doesn’t, in large part to make the OS more consumer friendly. Today, …

Apps

Game engine startup MaxPlay scores its first customer: Finger Food Studios

Getting a first customer is always a big deal for a startup. So game engine maker MaxPlay, which is pushing its software as a modern and cloud-based take on the game engine, is happily announcing that it has scored Canadian studio Finger Food Studios as its first customer.<p>MaxPlay, which came out of …

Why gamification is broken (and how to fix it)

Gamification was not long ago the darling of business talk.<p>Successful initiatives like Volkswagen’s campaign The Fun Theory proved that incorporating elements of games can help achieve tangible goals while increasing customer enjoyment. At some point, when Foursquare had its glory days, it seemed …

UI Design

Google's new Brotli compression algorithm is 26 percent better than existing solutions

Google is introducing a new compression algorithm named Brotli, which it says can reduce file sizes up to 26 percent over existing solutions.<p>The increased density is achieved by “a 2nd order context modeling, re-use of entropy codes, larger memory window of past data and joint distribution …

Codes

Men's happiness in later life is determined by the age of 27

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh find that if you're not on the path to happiness by the time you're 27, you're unlikely to get there at all<p>Men who fail to reach their early career goals by the age of 27 may experience a reduced sense of well-being and happiness in later life, new …

You may be picking the wrong programmers

What do first dates, cocktail parties, and programmers have in common? They all require self control.<p>Studies have shown that having self-control – rather than giving in to internal instincts – is a powerful indicator of success. The famous Stanford marshmallow experiment, which goes back to the …

Self Control

6 Reasons That Apache Spark Isn't Flickering Out

<i>Guest author Peter Schlampp is the vice president of products at Platfora, a “Big Data” analytics platform provider.</i><p>Apache Spark is quickly becoming a core technology for big data analytics in a surprisingly short period of time. This may lead cautious types to wonder if it will fade out just as …

The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

Hardware took the spotlight at today’s Y Combinator Demo Day, reflecting a major shift of the accelerator beyond the cliche mobile app startup. Out of the 50 companies from the Summer 2015 batch that demoed on the record today, 20 featured hardware. What was formally the Demo Day lunchroom has …

Zero Latency: The VR revolution begins in Melbourne, Australia

For Road Trip 2015, CNET gets a hands-on preview of a world-first VR entertainment facility before it opens its doors to the public on August 15.<p>I've been playing Zero Latency for mere moments, and already I'm amazed at how it overwhelms my senses.<p>Zero Latency and, by extension, VR totally …

Virtual Reality