Posts Tagged ‘natural language processing’

GetSet Hopes to Reduce Drop-Out Rates with Natural Language Processing

getsetNatasha Lomas of Tech Crunch reports, “GetSet, a new stealthy US edtech startup that’s aiming to reduce the high college drop-out rate is uncloaking today and revealing its first rollout at Arizona State University, with its 10,000+ freshmen. First up, in case you’re feeling a spot of deja vu, last week TechCrunch covered a UK startup called Wambiz that’s taking aim at the same problem. Yes, yes, you wait ages for college drop-out reduction startups and then two come along at once. So it goes. That said, they’re not identical. Wambiz is building an engagement platform cum social network as a better way to reach/engage with students, rather than sending comms via more traditional channels like email and SMS.” Read more

Yahoo Acquires Local Search App Zofari

zofariMenchie Mendoza of TechTimes recently wrote, “Affectionately described as a ‘Pandora for places,’ Zofari’s acquisition seemed to have attracted less attention when the deal was announced last week. Zofari uses natural language processing, machine learning, and third party data to collect information that matches up the user with places which the user may find interesting. The financial terms of the acquisition have not been revealed. On Zofari’s official site, the company confirmed that four of its employees are joining Yahoo. They are identified as Oliver Su, Shahzad Aziz, Jason Kobilka and Nate Weinstein. ‘After meeting some of the amazing folks on the Yahoo Search team and hearing about their vision, the decision for our team to join Yahoo was an easy one,’ said in the announcement. ‘We can’t talk about what we’re working on yet, but needless to say we are very, very excited’.” Read more

How SwiftKey is Using NLP and AI to Revolutionize the Keyboard

swiftSteve Ranger of Tech Republic reports, “Qwerty [the standard keyboard layout] was a compromise from the start. And as such you’d expect it to be swept away as the technology changed. And yet this odd layout became the standard, used since on billions of devices from typewriters to tablets and PCs. Even as the cold steel of the typewriter was replaced by the cool glass of a touchscreen smartphone, Qwerty has continued to dominate. That is, until now. A number of companies are rethinking the keyboard for the digital age, led by a small UK startup called SwiftKey, so that a mere 150 years after it was first created, the keyboard could finally be made to behave just how the user wants it to.” Read more

Move Over Siri: Make Way for Viv

vivKatherine Noyes of Tech News World reports, “The inventors of Apple’s Siri personal assistant have launched an independent effort that could make their first offspring look kind of dumb. Billed by its creators as ‘the global brain,’ Viv aims to radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. ‘They are trying to abstract Siri’s [natural-language processing] interface so you could apply it into other applications and domains,’ Raj Singh, CEO and founder of Tempo AI, told TechNewsWorld. ‘For example, what if I wanted to integrate a Siri-like interface into the Yelp app or the Expedia app?’ Currently, ‘there isn’t a good facility to do this,’ he said. Read more

Startup Adatao Raises $13M to Bring Search to Big Data

adataoDeborah Gage of The Wall Street Journal reports, “Making big data stores as easy to search as Internet data has been a holy grail for the software industry, and it’s become a more pressing problem since the growth of the big data software Hadoop, which holds enormous amounts of data. Adatao Inc., a startup based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has raised nearly $13 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz to take on the challenge. Founded in 2012 by veterans of Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and the Army Research Lab, the company combines machine learning, natural language processing and in-memory (i.e. fast) computing to create a system in which users can write queries in ordinary English or one of several computer languages-—Smart Query, SQL, Scala, Java, Python or R–and get results in less time than it takes to speak their questions.” Read more

How Natural Language Processing and Big Data are Making Sense of Consumer Behavior

ATTENSITY LOGODana Gardner of CRM Buyer recently wrote, “The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer sentiment and even intent. That understanding then vastly improves how retailers and myriad service providers manage their users’ experiences — increasingly in real time. Fortunately, today’s consumers are quite willing to share their intents and sentiments via social media, if you can gather and process the information. Hence the rapidly developing field of social customer relationship management, or Social CRM.” Read more

How the Internet of Things is Delivering Smarter Choices

8528725328_ffe4ba4283Sarah Austin, founder of Peak Energies recently wrote for Forbes, “The Valley bubble seems obsessed with the Internet of Things. Things are getting smarter. Devices talk to each other and people are now starting to talk to them. Things are evolving to make decisions, gather information and just take care of stuff for us. For a lot of people, it sounds too crazy. But we already benefit from the start of this shift. Take a Thai restaurant for example. You ask your phone to find you nearby Thai food, and it gives you a list of options. But why doesn’t it filter out obviously bad ones? Or determine that it only need show the closest location of the restaurant chain, and that if two places have a nearly identical menu, but one is 20 percent more expensive and a mile further away, it shouldn’t come up in your immediate results? This is the future of tech. As humans, we want choices, but we don’t want 100 choices. Read more

Five NLP APIs to Watch

Alchemy APIPatricio Robles of Programmable Web recently discussed how natural language processing or NLP technologies are simplifying data and customer interactions for many large businesses. He writes, “Fortunately, what is a technically complicated field of computing is now accessible to even the smallest of businesses thanks to the existence of companies that provide NLP as a service. This article explores and compares five of the leading NLP service providers that offer API integration. These service providers were selected based on the following criteria: A live NLP-focused API offering that gives users access to at least several common low-level NLP functions; Availability of public documentation and pricing information; Self-serve registration/subscription.” Read more

Ron Kaplan of Nuance Communications on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

ronPeter Rothman of h+ Magazine writes, “I recently got together with Ron Kaplan who is a well known artificial intelligence researcher in the area of natural language processing. Ron is a Distinguished Scientist at Nuance Communications. The conversation is about 1 hour long and the main theme was the recent comments about dangers from artificial intelligence made by Professor Stephen Hawking and also Elon Musk, Eugene Goostman the chatbot that supposedly passed the Turing Test.  Beyond this, the conversation ranges near and far covering and whether it is ridiculous to suggest that Siri is a conscious being, reflective computing, NL interfaces and access to knowledge, communicating with wives, the effects of my diet, and the future of human languages when universal translation becomes widely available.” Read more

Is NLP the End of the Written Word?

Siri LogoJamie Carter of Tech Radar recently wrote, “With iOS devices now allowing the sending of voice messages and predictions for self-driving cars and voice-activated doors, lights and elevators (cue the internet of things), it’s clear that the future will be spoken, not written. The technology behind this shift in how we interact with our surroundings is natural language processing, a technology that enables computers to understand the meaning of our words and recognise the habits of our speech.” Read more

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