XiaoIce: When a chatbot chat moves up to human-sounding flow
Apr 07, 2018
Do this, do that. Talking with voice assistants is not like talking to humans and, as helpful as it is to be near the technology, we know the difference. A surprising turn has materialized, however, and it is in the form ...
Firefox Reality beckons our browser future
Apr 06, 2018
In theory, what a concept. Augmented reality and virtual reality experiences right here right now.
Software automatically generates knitting instructions for 3-D shapes
Mar 29, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed a system that can translate a wide variety of 3-D shapes into stitch-by-stitch instructions that enable a computer-controlled knitting machine to automatically ...
Cortana Show Me focuses on help with settings
Mar 26, 2018
Cortana had her day in the spotlight this month with the announcement of a new Windows 10 preview with Cortana Show Me. This is not the final build, however, but people are talking about the Cortana preview anyway as a good ...
IBM has launched Watson Assistant
Mar 21, 2018
IBM has officially unveiled its Watson Assistant, a voice recognition and assistant system meant to serve as the back end of customized customer front-end systems. IBM announced at its annual Think conference that Watson ...
Chinese to English translating: Not human, but exceptional
Mar 15, 2018
Microsoft announced Wednesday that its labs have developed an AI machine translation system that can translate from Chinese to English with the same accuracy as can a human. The researchers are at Asia and U.S. labs of Microsoft.
Much ado about words as two Shakespeare sleuths spot old manuscript
Feb 13, 2018
Will the real William Shakespeare please stand up? Massive numbers of academic papers have focused through the decades on questions of where and when the bard lifted from other works and how much was from his own head.
Microsoft Garage project Ink to Code works on sketched ideas
Jan 28, 2018
At the very time of this writing, someone somewhere on a plane, train or bar stool will be excited over some drawing or words scribbled on a napkin which he and his companion are moving around to describe the next big idea—what ...
Growing up with coding may start with Google Doodle
Dec 05, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—The 50th anniversary of children learning how to code was celebrated by Google in a very Google fashion: A new home-page Doodle turned out to be an interactive game for children.
Mozilla releases transcription model and huge voice dataset
Nov 30, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Mozilla (maker of the Firefox browser) has announced the release of an open source speech recognition model along with a large voice dataset. The release marks the advent of open source speech recognition ...