Posts Tagged ‘natural language processing’

Baidu Research Achieves Speech Recognition Breakthrough With “Deep Speech”

Baidu logoSUNNYVALE, CA, Dec 18, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Baidu Research, a division of Baidu, Inc. today announced initial results from its Deep Speech speech recognition system.

Deep Speech is a new system for speech, built with the goal of improving accuracy in noisy environments (for example, restaurants, cars and public transportation), as well as other challenging environments (highly reverberant and far-field situations).

Key to the Deep Speech approach is a well-optimized recurrent neural net (RNN) training system that uses multiple GPUs, as well as a set of novel data synthesis techniques that allowed Baidu researchers to efficiently obtain a large amount of varied data for training. Read more

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

Semantic Technology Jobs: 3M

3m3M is looking for a Software Engineer – NLP in Murray, UT. According to the post, “3M HIS is currently seeking a NLP Software Engineer to work on our internal services platform, which is a framework and user experience for managing Natural Language Processing platform content. This person would provide features and functionality that interacts with a large scale production environment to monitor processing, support questions about performance, prioritize work, and allow editing of content which drives the NLP and coding process.”

Qualifications for the position include: “Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Experience with language processing, machine learning, and medical data. 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

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

How To Improve Self-Service Support

steponeStepOne’s first product, Contextual Care, is a contextually-based recommendation engine designed to help a company’s customers service themselves online. It leads them to the information they need in realtime based on factors such as applying what a company knows about a customer to predicting the question he might ask; matching content to the question based on machine learning algorithms; and getting smarter about doing that by continuously learning through customer interactions.

It became clear to StepOne as it deployed this product with its clients that in many cases, the clients first needed to have a higher definition view of their self-service content to make the best calls for their customers. Now, it’s debuting Care Profiler, a diagnostic tool to help clients assess the quality of their self-service support libraries and boost them to better address customer issues.

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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

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