Automation

Eerie tech promises to copy anyone's voice from just 1 minute of audio

I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on …

Audiophile

McKinsey: AI, jobs, and workforce automation

Machine intelligence will have a profound impact on business and jobs. Learn how artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect your …

Machine Learning

5 things you can do with the new Google Assistant

How in the world did we manage to survive for a few millennia without voice-activated virtual assistants? I mean, it wasn't that long ago that we drove around without being able to ask our phones for driving directions. But now the idea of being unable to do that is downright scary.<p>More recently, …

Google

20 Fun Facebook Messenger Bots To Play With Right Now

Many UX experts suggest that conversational interfaces and chatbots are going to be the next big things on the Internet. While most of the bots are quite dumb and even controversial, there are some bots that can entertain, educate, assist and help you in various situations.<p>If you find yourself …

Facebook

How automation is helping the connected car market

Walk into any airport bar in the world and you’ll hear stories of business trips gone awry.<p>According to the Global Business Travel Association, roughly 488 million business trips are taken each year. Inevitably, time on these trips is spent waiting for delayed flights and standing in long lines at …

Transportation

​Husqvarna launches Chainsaw-as-a-Service

This is not a drill.<p>Husqvarna has announced the launch of Battery Box, a connected garden toolshed that sees the power tool giant attempt to cut it …

Icelanders Worry That Voice Commands Will Kill Their Native Language

Iceland has long had a progressive outlook on technology. It’s regularly high on lists of the best countries for data privacy, the Pirate Party has a …

Linguistics

Voice biometrics could curb fraud under new payments platform: Nuance

Nuance has eyed a place within Australia's new payments platform to curb fraud using voice biometrics.<p>Soon, Australians will be able to transfer …

Biometrics

Facebook M is now becoming a digital butler

Facebook just moved even closer to the center of your digital ecosystem with the roll-out of a smarter, more connected version of its proprietary AI assistant, M.<p>Speaking at this week’s Facebook F8 conference, the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and head of Messenger, David Marcus, …

Fortune 500

The Magic Door and the Potential of Voice Assistants

<b>The Magic Door is not just an interactive adventure that we can play in Alexa: it is also the perfect example that voice assistants are a world to</b> …

Amazon Echo

AI now and tomorrow: Is your job robot-ready?

TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.<p>Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including …

Robots

OK, Google, let's put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home knows who's talking.<p>When each recognized user speaks Home's wake words — which are "Hey, Google" and "OK, Google" — Home now switches to …

Technology

The Future Of Search Engines Is Context

Columnist Aaron Friedman discusses a mobile search future based on context and the Internet of Things (IoT).<p>As mobile continues to grow, as more …

Google

AI now and tomorrow: Robots can handle a third of our workplace tasks, study finds

SAN FRANCISCO -- Human workers are far from obsolete, but robots are ready to give us a run for our money.<p>Amid the global proliferation of artificial …

Robots

Amazon blazes a trail to the next frontier in AI: the cloud

Amazon.com Inc. sometimes doesn’t show up on lists of top leaders in artificial intelligence alongside Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. …

Machine Learning

This Major Change Is Coming to Computer Design, Says Head of Amazon Alexa

Every few years, a big shift in how we interact with computers arrives. In the 1970s we swapped out punch cards for terminals, and then moved on to …

Amazon Echo

Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?

When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn’t immediately disagree. I applaud Gates’ bold thinking to help solve one of society’s biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of …

Robots

Internet of Things news of the week, April 21, 2017

This week’s top Internet of Things news includes Google Home, Germany and security, Microsoft beefing up its IoT offerings and more.<p>Get this news …

Internet of Things

BBC World Service - Tech Tent, Automation Rapidly Changing Work

Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT professor and best-selling author who heralded the 'Second Machine Age', says automation is changing work faster than even he thought it would. Plus, why China's tech giant Baidu is opening its driverless car platform to outside developers. And how Facebook is placing …

Wipro sacks 600 people: More job cuts may follow as IT sector steps up automation

Is the $150 billion Indian IT sector going through a downturn faced with multiple challenges of a slowing global economy, automation, Artificial …

Indian Economy

Ads for voice assistants are here and they're already terrible

Can commercials ruin the Amazon Echo and Google Home?<p>Last week, a smirking, overeager guy in a Burger King polo and hat appeared on TV and managed to hijack countless Google Home speakers in a matter of seconds.<p>"You're watching a 15-second Burger King ad, which is unfortunately not enough time to …

Advertising

From automated cars to AI, Nvidia powers the future with hardcore gaming hardware

At most companies, technology takes a trickle-down approach. New innovations first target big companies and governments, then eventually find their …

Deep Learning

The Best Advice For Building Chatbots? Don’t Force People To Use Chatbots

A panel of experts gathered at Facebook’s F8 conference this week to talk about the benefits–and limitations–of chatbots.<p>At Facebook’s annual F8 conference this week, experts convened a panel to discuss best practices for designing chatbots. The key takeaway? Don’t force people to use …

Chatbots

Microsoft's "Cortana Speaker" Powered with Harman Kardon

<i>Microsoft’s “Cortana Speaker” Powered with Harman Kardon:</i> In Windows, a new feature “Cortana speaker” a new voice assistant device with Harman Kardon …

Microsoft

Lutron pairs with Google Assistant to let you turn the lights on with your voice

Why it matters to you<p>With more and more homeowners turning to Google Assistant and Google Home, Lutron is getting ahead of the curve by integrating …

Home Automation

Bixby Vision’s ability to shop on Amazon is missing from the Galaxy S8 on Verizon

Samsung went all in with its virtual assistant called Bixby by adding a physical button to the left side of the handset that isn’t supposed to be remapped to do anything else. Unfortunately, though, at the time of the Galaxy S8’s launch, Bixby is not complete. Now, according to Cnet and other …

Samsung

How Bots Can Benefit Businesses, According to Messenger's Director of Global Partnerships

Chatbots are a compelling technology for entrepreneurs whose customers are among Messenger's billion users.<p>Bots are the talk of the town, and Anand Chandrasekaran is helping to create the buzz. The former CPO of both SnapDeal and Bharti Airtel, the third largest mobile provider in the world, has …

Facebook

How to Build a Voice-Controlled Speaker that Protects Your Privacy

A step-by-step guide to building a privacy-enabled, open-source, voice-controlled speaker using ready-to-buy hardware<p>The team at Snips has made an</b> …

Raspberry Pi