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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

Apple’s Siri to Incorporate Neural Network?

Siri LogoWired’s Robert McMillan recently wrote, “…neural network algorithms are hitting the mainstream, making computers smarter in new and exciting ways. Google has used them to beef up Android’s voice recognition. IBM uses them. And, most remarkably, Microsoft uses neural networks as part of the Star-Trek-like Skype Translate, which translates what you say into another language almost instantly. People “were very skeptical at first,” Hinton says, “but our approach has now taken over.” One big-name company, however, hasn’t made the jump: Apple, whose Siri software is due for an upgrade. Though Apple is famously secretive about its internal operations–and did not provide comment for this article–it seems that the company previously licensed voice recognition technology from Nuance—perhaps the best known speech recognition vendor. But those in the tight-knit community of artificial intelligence researchers believe this is about to change. It’s clear, they say, that Apple has formed its own speech recognition team and that a neural-net-boosted Siri is on the way.”

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Semantic Web Jobs: Nuance

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Nuance is looking for a Senior NLP Research Engineer in Burlington, MA. The post states, “Computer scientist in the Healthcare Research organization working on a state of the art clinical language understanding system for CAC (Computer Assisted medical billing Coding). Major duty is to help develop rule-based systems using in-production (feedback) data, and research automatic rule learning methods. The research will focus on creating a state of the art rule-based system for Computer Assisted Coding. This includes systems that tune rules, which apply in multiple phases, based on new data, and evaluating performance on multiple data sets. There will be a need to debug multiple interacting components and phases of rule application. There will also be research into automatic rule discovery and learning from labeled and weakly labeled data both during system development and in production, based on user feedback.” Read more

UPMC Doctor Pushing the Possibilities of NLP in Health Care

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Rajiv Leventhal of Healthcare Informatics reports, “The goal of clinical decision support (CDS) is to aid decision making of healthcare providers by providing easily accessible health-related information at the point and time it is needed. As such, natural language processing (NLP) technology is instrumental in using free-text information to drive CDS. In 2011, the Burlington, Mass.-based voice recognition technology company Nuance and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) signed a 10-year joint development agreement to create speech and clinical language understanding -enabled technologies.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Nuance

Nuance

Nuance is looking for a Senior NLP Research Engineer in Burlington, MA. According to the post, the company is looking for a “Computer scientist in the Healthcare Research organization working on a state of the art clinical language understanding system for CAC (computer assisted coding). Major duty is to help develop rule-based systems using in-production (feedback) data, and research automatic rule learning methods. The research will focus on creating a state of the art rule-based system for Computer Assisted Coding. This includes tuning rules, which apply in multiple phases, based on new data, and evaluating performance on multiple data sets. There will be a need to debug multiple interacting components and phases of rule application. There will also be research into automatic rule discovery and learning from labeled and weakly labeled data both during system development and in production, based on user feedback.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Nuance

Nuance

Nuance is looking for a Senior NLP Research Engineer in Burlington, MA. The post states that the company is looking for a “Computer scientist in the Healthcare Research organization working on a state of the art clinical language understanding system for CAC (computer assisted coding). Major duty is to help develop rule-based systems using in-production (feedback) data, and research automatic rule learning methods. The research will focus on creating a state of the art rule-based system for Computer Assisted Coding. This includes tuning rules, which apply in multiple phases, based on new data, and evaluating performance on multiple data sets. There will be a need to debug multiple interacting components and phases of rule application.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Nuance

Nuance

Nuance is looking for a Performance Analyst Engineer in Burlington, MA. The post states that this position is a “Computer scientist in the Healthcare Research organization working on a state of the art clinical language understanding system for CAC (computer assisted coding). Major duty is to help improve existing baseline system using additional customer data, and possibly automate some of this process. Major responsibility is system performance analysis and improvement on newly acquired data. The current system is a combination of statistical and rule-based systems. System level error analysis would need to be performed first. Based on the error analysis the rule based system would need to be tuned, altering existing rules or adding new ones.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Nuance

Nuance

Nuance is looking for a Performance Analyst Engineer in Burlington, MA. The company is looking for a “Computer scientist in the Healthcare Research organization working on a state of the art clinical language understanding system for CAC (computer assisted coding). Major duty is to help improve existing baseline system using additional customer data, and possibly automate some of this process. Major responsibility is system performance analysis and improvement on newly acquired data. The current system is a combination of statistical and rule-based systems. System level error analysis would need to be performed first. Based on the error analysis the rule based system would need to be tuned, altering existing rules or adding new ones. In addition some performance feedback to the statistical component would be necessary. At the end of the tuning cycle system validation on held out data would be performed.” Read more

New On The Speech Recognition Scene: Droids With NLP Processors And More

There are new Motorola Droid devices in town: The three Verizon Android 4.2 smartphones unveiled at a press event yesterday include the Motorola Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx. The line includes what the company touts as the longest-lasting 4G LTE smartphone in the Maxx, with the vendor claiming 48 hours on a single charge, and what it says is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone around in the Ultra. The smartphones reportedly all come with a unique Kevlar fiber 3D unibody design and a few months’ free Google Music All Access subscription, too. But what will catch the eyes of readers of this blog is the proprietary Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System that’s behind the sleek-looking handsets.

In addition to the graphics and application processor cores found within the eight-core System are two new low-power cores, one to power contextual computing and one aimed at natural language processing. Read more

Looking Ahead to A User Experience Transformed By Conversational Interfaces And NLP

Conversational user interfaces and natural language processing could be put to much more use than they currently are.  At the GigaOM Structure Data event in New York City this week, IBM distinguished engineer Currie Boyle, who leads the vendor’s North American natural language services practice, including for deep question and answer Watson-type natural language and unstructured information processing systems, and Nuance Communications CTO Vlad Sejnoha, discussed the realized promises, but also the waiting opportunities.

At Nuance, Sejnoha noted, the focus is on the notion that we are entering a time when how we interact with systems and access information and content is undergoing a “dramatic transformation.” Contributors to that include high- level artificial intelligence reasoning and natural language understanding. “We are overwhelmed with lots of data including unstructured data and these technologies make a difference in how we take advantage of all that,” he said.

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