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23 Feb

Weekly Roundup #13

University of Toronto study uses algorithms to predict how word meanings change over time Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Lehigh University and the University of Toronto have developed an algorithm to demonstrate how words evolve. The question is: Why is this happening? How is it happening? And whether there are computational algorithms we..

16 Feb

Weekly Roundup #12

SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform Translating sign language puts an additional level of complexity over spoken and written languages. SignAll, the Budapest-base startup, has taken up the challenge. This long-running project is a sobering reminder of both the possibilities and limitations of technology. True, automatic translation of sign language..

09 Feb

Weekly Roundup #11

IBM’s New AI Can Predict Psychosis in Your Speech Computational Psychiatry and Neuroimaging experts around the globe have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) capable of predicting with relative precision the onset of psychosis in a patient. […] demonstrating the possibility of using AI to model the differences in speech patterns of high-risk patients who later..

02 Feb

Weekly Roundup #10

Facebook is coming closer to humanizing its chatbots Chatbots cannot come up with natural-like answers just yet: they do not have consistent personalities, they cannot remember their past answers and they will use pre-programmed responses when they do not know what to say. This is where Facebook comes in. Many modern chatbots are trained with lines..

26 Jan

Weekly Roundup #9

  Machine Translates Literature and About 25% Was Flawless, Research Claims Machine Translation is improving day by day, but how close is it to handling written stylistic problems? NMT (neural machine translation) was significantly better than phrase-based statistical MT (PBSMT), and more importantly, human evaluation… shows that between 17% and 34% of the translations… are..

19 Jan

Weekly Roundup #8

No, machines can’t read better than humans A pair of teams from Microsoft and Alibaba made the headlines in tech news this month after creating AI programs that can outperform humans in a reading comprehension test, but what exactly does reading mean? “Think about it like this: for each question, the computers and humans know..

12 Jan

Weekly Roundup #7

Unbabel raises $23 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, others to grow its machine-human translation platform Unbabel, a Lisbon-based machine translation platform, has just raised $23. It merges neural machine translation, natural language processing (NLP) and human translation. “The world’s biggest global brands are realizing that there’s a huge gap between basic translation and real communication when localizing for..

22 Dec

Weekly Roundup #6

  Learning a language in VR is less embarrassing than IRL By combining the immersive capabilities of VR with speech recognition and an AI-enabled voice chatbot, MondlyVR claims to dramatically shorten the time it takes someone to start talking in a new language. “The biggest things that keep people from actually speaking and using new..

15 Dec

Weekly Roundup #5

Google opens AI center in China despite exclusion from nation’s internet Google announced, on December 13th, that they will open a new AI center in Beijing, despite being excluded from China’s internet. “AI companies in China suck up personal data from the massive population and use it to train machine-learning algorithms — but Google, locked..

08 Dec

Weekly Roundup #4

  WACAO is an assistant that can summarize and translate your WhatsApp chats “The summarization technology used is a lot like those that summarize news articles, except it’s been designed specifically for chats. The assistant uses NLP (natural language processing) technologies to understand what’s being said, and looks for specific topics being discussed – including..