Natural Language Processing

Google Adds a Dose of Machine Learning, NLP to Hangouts

Google LogoStephen Shankland of CNet recently reported, “Google updated its Hangouts app on Wednesday so the multipurpose communication tool can detect when people are trying to find each other and make it easier to connect. The updated app, available for Google’s Android mobile operating system first but submitted to Apple for approval on iOS, also lets people express themselves with stickers and video filter effects, Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product at Google, said at the LeWeb conference here.”

Shankland continues, “The new app works by using natural-language processing to discover when one person has asked — in a variety of ways — where the other person is. Read more

How AppZen Uses Natural Language Process to Automate Expense Reports

appzenConner Forrest of Tech Republic reports, “AppZen, a Sunnyvale, California-based startup, is leveraging natural language processing and machine learning to automate the expense report process. The company bills itself as an ambient expense manager, and it works in the background by tracking your expenses as they happen and creates a report for you. The process begins with the mobile app that runs on Android or iOS, which is able to track an employee’s calendars, itineraries, and credit card charges to build out an expense report as it happens.” Read more

Pixar Vets Raise $15M for NLP Talking Toy Company

toytalkDan Primack of Fortune reports, “ToyTalk, the company founded by Pixar veterans to help digital apps and physical toys to have interactive conversations with young children, has raised $15 million in new venture capital funding led by Khosla Ventures. Returning investors included Charles River Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock and True Ventures. The company now has raised nearly $30 million in total… ‘For us, ToyTalk is most successful in the long-term if a whole lot of kids and families are talking to a whole bunch of characters, including beloved ones that they already know,’ explains Oren Jacob, ToyTalk’s CEO and former chief technology officer for Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar studio. ‘Our technology, which we call PullString, lets us do that in both the digital world through apps and the physical world through actual toys’.” Read more

NLP Provider Aylien Releases New Text Analysis SDKs

aylienJanet Wagner of Programmable Web reports, “AYLIEN, a natural language processing (NLP) services and API provider, has announced the release of new SDKs designed to help developers quickly and easily integrate the AYLIEN Text Analysis API with their applications. This first set of new SDKs includes Node.js, Python, Ruby and PHP, and the company plans to release SDKs for other languages in early 2015.The company released the AYLIEN Text Analysis API in February as a set of eight machine learning, natural language processing and information-retrieval APIs.” Read more

Will Artificially Intelligent Robots Destroy Humanity? Stephen Hawking Says Maybe

7642344074_5db123eab7Katherine Noyes of Tech News World reports, “Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind’s demise, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said in an interview published earlier this week. ‘The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful, but I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,’ Hawking told the BBC in an interview commemorating the launch of a new system designed to help him communicate.”

Noyes goes on, “Because he is almost entirely paralyzed by a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Hawking relies on technology to communicate. Read more

Technology Brief: Machine Learning on Natural Language Text and Log Data

Skytree - the machine learning company - LogoSkytree, “The Machine Learning Company,” has published a technology brief entitled, “Machine Learning on Natural Language Text and Log Data.”

The author of the brief is Nick Pendar, PhD, who serves as NLP Data Scientist for the company.

Pendar states, “Critical business information is often in the form of unstructured and semi-structured data that can be hard or impossible to interpret with legacy systems. In this brief, discover how you can use machine learning to analyze both unstructured text data and semi-structured log data, providing you with the insights needed to achieve your business goals.”

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New Yorkers: IO Has Launched a Beta Version of Its AI Assistant

ioJosh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more

Socialware Adds Advanced Natural Language Content Recommendation to Social Media Platform

Socialware LogoAUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – Nov 13, 2014) – Social media compliance and marketing experts, Socialware, today announced new advanced natural language processing functionality, available immediately. This new functionality “reads” content that is available for advisors to share on social networks and, based on a semantic analysis of their contact’s interests in their social profile, recommends which content be sent to whom. Socialware will also craft compliant emails to introduce the content, including mandatory disclosures.

Sharing content that is relevant and useful is key to building strong relationships on social media. With this new capability, advisors can share recommended content that is specific to an individual’s likes and interests based on the information in their social profile. Read more

Cornell Announces New Connected Experiences Laboratory

cornell_big_red_logoThe Cornell Chronicle reports that “AOL, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and New York City officials have announced the creation of the Connected Experiences Laboratory, or ConnX, aimed at exploring new technologies at the forefront of the digital age. Announced Nov. 12, an AOL gift will fund a four-year partnership between New York City-based AOL and Cornell Tech. The collaboration will extend to the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell’s partner in the Jacobs Institute, with part of the gift supporting activities at the Technion in coordination with AOL Israel.” Read more

IBM Launches Watson Explorer for Better Business Analytics

watsonDaniel Gutierrez of Inside Big Data reports, “IBM has announced the availability of a cognitive-infused Watson Explorer, a powerful combination of data exploration and content analytics capabilities. Typical organizations only use 12 percent of their data, leaving a wealth of untapped information across the enterprise that could be leveraged to make smarter decisions. Watson Explorer equips users with the information and analytics capabilities which can help them to deliver better performance and real-time results. Watson Explorer has enabled hundreds of customers to connect with their data, build information-centric applications and helped them to improve the quality and speed of their decision making.” Read more

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