Natural Language Processing

University of Amsterdam Researchers Use Neural Networks to Improve Machine Translations

amsterdamLoek Essers of Tech World recently wrote, “Researchers at the University of Amsterdam are using neural networks to help a statistical machine translation systems learn what all human translators know — that the best translation of a word often depends on the context. Machine translation systems such as Google Translate or those at iTranslate4.eu guess how to translate words and phrases based on how often they appear in a large corpus of human-translated texts. Such tools are increasingly important as individuals and businesses seek to access information or buy products and services from other countries where different languages are spoken.” Read more

Google Partners with Oxford on NLP and Image Recognition Research

deepmindBen Woods of The Next Web reports, “Google has joined forces with the University of Oxford in the UK in order to better study the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the areas of image recognition and natural language processing. The hope is that by joining forces with an esteemed academic institution, the research will progress more rapidly than going it alone for its DeepMind project. In total, Google has hired seven individuals (who also happen to be world experts in deep learning for natural language understanding), three of which will remain as professors holding joint appointments at Oxford University.” Read more

Artificial Intelligence Expert David Levy on ‘Love and Sex with Robots’

rachelJacob James of Newsweek recently discussed artificial intelligence expert David Levy’s thoughts on combining natural language processing with sex dolls, and what doing so might mean for society. James writes, “It was while researching his 2003 book, Robots Unlimited, that [Levy] first became interested in the subject. Specifically, he read a quote from a 1984 book by Sherry Turkel… An interviewee, ‘Anthony’, told Turkel that he had tried having girlfriends but preferred his relationship with his computer. ‘That quotation hit me like a brick wall,’ says Levy. ‘I thought – if a smart guy could think like that in 1984, I wonder how much the concept of human-computer emotional relationships has developed since then’.” Read more

How Watson Can Improve Cancer Patient Outcomes

watRob High, CTO of IBM Watson and Jho Low, CEO of Jynwel Capital recently shared their thoughts on Watson’s potential to drastically improve cancer care with Scientific American. The pair wrote, “Cutting-edge cancer therapies garner headlines, and one has to marvel at the advances in oncology research achieved over the past decade. Unfortunately, relatively few patients have access to advanced treatment plans at specialized cancer centers such as MD Anderson. Most receive far less effective cancer care, or no care at all. In addition, even the most devoted specialists cannot keep up with the ever-expanding body of medical literature. To fill these healthcare gaps, doctors and computer scientists at MD Anderson developed the MD Anderson Oncology Expert Advisor™ cognitive clinical decision support system (OEA™) [powered by Watson], which is being brought to life with the support of a $50 million gift from Jynwel Charitable Foundation to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots program.” Read more

LinguaSys Launches “GlobalNLP” Natural Language Processing API Portal for Developers

linguasysBOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LinguaSys has created a new Application Programming Interface (API) portal, GlobalNLP™, https://nlp.linguasys.com/ to reach the flourishing global developer population building Natural Language Processing applications with their own business logic. GlobalNLP™ enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages.

LinguaSys provides deep understanding of the meaning of textual human dialogue better than anyone. We offer broad language support in over 20 languages, including the more challenging Asian and Middle Eastern languages, the most high quality semantic collection in the industry. Read more

Fighting Ebola through Intelligent Text Messages

Ebola textThe MIT Technology Review reports, “Back in July, Cedric Moro started a crowdsourced mapping service to keep track of the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Moro is a risk consultant who has created several crowdsourced maps of this kind using the openStreetMap project Umap. Anyone can enter information about suspected or confirmed Ebola cases while hospitals and other health facilities can tell people whether they are open and functioning and how many spare beds they have.” Read more

What Spotify is Up To with The Echo Nest

spotifyJosh Constine of Tech Crunch recently wrote, “They call it Truffle Pig, and it’s ProTools for playlists. Punch in parameters like ‘danceability’, date ranges, or emotions and Truffle Pig spits out a set of top jams that would fit your ‘Lovesick 90s Party Starters’ playlist. Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from the history of recorded sound.” Read more

Natural Language Processing Startup Idibon Raises $5.5M

idibonJordan Novet of Venture Beat reports, “Idibon, a startup that has developed applications that make sense of text in scores of languages, has raised $5.5 million in new funding. Following its launch in January, Idibon has attracted business from Edmunds.com, Samsung, the United Nations, and some global consulting firms, among others. And the startup has worked with text from sources in more than 50 languages. Idibon is not satisfied, though. The new funding it’s announcing today should help it do much more business. ‘We’re seeing a lot of just unmet demand,’ Idibon chief executive and co-founder Rob Munro told VentureBeat in an interview.” Read more

What Will The Internet of Things Look Like in 2020?

5436515880_784b02af11_bDr. Mahesh Saptharishi of Forbes recently wrote, “Communication, in its many forms, has tremendous power… When you combine language with the Internet, you see how our lives have changed; we are freed from past limitations of distance, time and memory. Sensors give us an even greater opportunity to experience our world. The Internet-of-Things (IoT), as these connected sensors are collectively called, has enabled the digitization of language communicated by the physical world. Sensors allow the Internet to instantly extend the reach of our sight and sound. The data from sensors allow us to not only interactively, but also observationally communicate language.” Read more

Wit.ai Offers Siri-Like Natural Language Processing in an API

witaiKia Kokalitcheva of VentureBeat reports, “A few years ago, when Apple added Siri to the iPhone, talking to inanimate objects with batteries to make them do stuff was pretty novel. Today, thanks to companies like Wit.ai, even kids at hackathons are showing off weekend projects that are voice-controlled. Wit.ai, a Y Combinator-backed startup that provides natural language processing (NLP) in the form of an API, is helping developers and startups integrate voice commands into their products. The company is announcing today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding just over a year since its founders posted the first API version on Hacker News.” Read more

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