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Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

Thirty-nine million Americans now own a smart speaker device, but the voice app ecosystem is still developing. While Alexa today has over 25,000 skills available, a number of companies haven’t yet built a skill for the platform, or offer only a very basic skill that doesn’t work that well. That’s …

Automation

Build Your First Custom Alexa Skill in 10 Minutes

<i>No programming experience required.</i><p>Amazon Echo was one of the best-selling products and most asked for gifts last holiday season. While these devices …

Cloud Computing

Meet the ‘Lady Gaga of Mathematics’ helming France’s AI task force

A spider brooch-wearing mathematician<p>On a crisp Saturday morning in Orsay, a southwestern suburb of Paris with some 16,500 inhabitants, the rue de Paris was bustling. But while many residents were doing their usual weekend shopping at the fishmonger or the butcher shop, further up the street, in a …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country

Paul Spencer, a Congressional candidate in Little Rock, Arkansas, has never worked at a tech company. He doesn’t represent tech industry issues. He doesn’t even own a laptop or smartphone. He typically dictates the tweets on his campaign’s official Twitter account; occasionally he’ll type them out …

Middle-class

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about<p>In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against …

New Orleans

‘Killing Eve’: Sandra Oh Becomes Jane Bond in a Glorious Female Spy vs. Spy

BBC America’s new genre-bending spy drama stars Sandra Oh in a glorious female spy vs. spy game, as written by the genius behind ‘Fleabag,’ Phoebe …

TV

Google launches more realistic text-to-speech service powered by DeepMind’s AI

OK Google, sing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious<p>Google is launching a new AI voice synthesizer as part of its suite of machine learning cloud tools. The service, named Cloud Text-to-Speech, will be available for any developer or business that needs voice synthesis on tap, whether that’s for an …

Google Assistant

Voicery Speech Synthesis

American Imports to Hong Kong

Sudden Coffee

Sudden Coffee was created by the <b>World's 9th Best Barista</b> and a <b>Stanford Engineer</b>.<p>Our coffee is brewed with a revolutionary method, never before used …

Professional Short Stories on the Go

Proven Quiz

Philips tests LiFi in a real office

This week, Philips announced that its LiFi, or Light Fidelity, tech is currently being tested at the offices of Icade, a French real estate investment company. LiFi provides broadband internet through lights, using LEDs to transmit a high-speed connection of up to 30 Mb per second through light …

China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains

The new restrictions, which start in May, can last for up to a year<p>Starting in May, Chinese citizens who rank low on the country’s burgeoning “social credit” system will be in danger of being banned from buying plane or train tickets for up to a year, according to statements recently released by …

China

China wants to shape the global future of artificial intelligence - MIT Technology Review

China isn’t just investing heavily in AI—its experts aim to set the global standards for the technology as well.<p>Academics, industry researchers, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Mr. Fix It

Now even healthcare is getting Amazonified<p>Is there anything the world’s richest man, <b>Jeffrey Preston Bezos,</b> <i>can’t</i> do?<p>I don’t mean to go all fan boy-ish on you, but it’s been riveting watching him run the table. Bezos has grown Amazon into a juggernaut whose value exceeds <b>Walmart</b>, <b>Costco</b>, <b>Target</b>, <b>Kohls</b> …

Reweaving the Web

The movement to decentralize the Internet<p>Last spring, the government of <b>Turkey</b> did a terrible thing: It blocked its citizens’ access to <b>Wikipedia</b> on national security grounds. But then, one of the more amazing and wonderful things in Internet history happened: Activists, using a new open-source …

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves target just one group of muscles, such as the biceps or …

Exercise

Social Capital’s Chamath Palihap­itiya Wants To Fix Capitalism

The former Facebook exec is betting his VC firm can change the way Silicon Valley picks and nurtures winning ideas.<p>Silicon Valley billionaire Chamath Palihap­itiya, dressed in slim-fit ripped jeans and a caramel-smooth leather jacket, drops four pills out of a small ziplock bag: aspirin, cod liver …

Venture Capital

Mueller Shows How Russians Sowed Discord With Dirty Tricks

The sweeping conspiracy detailed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller exposes the sophistication of Russian efforts to undermine U.S. democracy using …

Social Media

Chinese Street surveillance. Object / Face Recognition.

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

The country is perfecting a vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control—with implications for democracies worldwide.<p>Imagine a society in which you are rated by the government on your trustworthiness. Your “citizen score” follows you wherever you go. A high score allows you access …

Human Rights

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?<p>We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes, watching over us or watching out for us, depending on your view. But really, they’re more like portholes: useful only when someone is looking through them. Sometimes that means a human …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the Company Trying to Democratize Clinical Trials With AI

A decade ago, Pablo Graiver was working as a VP at Kayak, the online airfare aggregator, when he sat down to dinner with an old friend—a heart …

Shop at H&M or Walmart? You could be helping India's rural women

There's a pretty good chance that something in your wardrobe was made by Shahi Exports.<p>The 42-year-old company claims to be the largest garment exporter in India, producing clothes for global brands including GAP, H&M and Calvin Klein.<p>It's also helping boost a segment of India's population that is …

India

Google betting on AI from India

It’s no coincidence that at about the time that Google CEO Sundar Pichai has professed the company was moving into an ‘artificial intelligence first’ …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple CEO Tim Cook: This Is the Number 1 Reason We Make iPhones in China (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

Take a look at the back of the box from which you unpacked your iPhone and you'll see this: "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China."<p>Reading this tagline might trigger a vision in your mind of Jonathan Ive, Apple's legendary Chief Design Officer, dropping the drawings and technical …

Manufacturing

Want To Guarantee Net Neutrality? Join Peer-To-Peer, Community-Run Internet

Across the country, new local mesh networks–which become more powerful as more people use them–are an alternative to big ISPs.<p>In a typical week, NYC Mesh–a community-owned internet network in New York City–might get five requests from people who want to join. In the wake of the FCC’s decision to …

Net Neutrality

The 14 Most Important Interfaces Of 2017

Detect algorithmic racism. Redesign your commute. Hide that photo of your beer bong from a future employer. It’s all in a day’s work for the UI of 2017.<p>We went on and on about new smartphones and stunning new buildings this year, but many of the best designs of 2017 were actually hidden in the …

Social Media

Why Netflix Doesn’t Care If Everyone Knows About Its New Movie “Bright”

Netflix’s $90-million fantasy cop drama starring Will Smith has all the trappings of a major studio film–except for its marketing strategy.<p>Netflix is dropping its biggest film to date: <i>Bright</i>, a $90 million, special-effects extravaganza directed by David Ayer (<i>Suicide Squad</i>) and starring Will Smith …

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