In a new op-ed piece that came out over the weekend via the BBC, Alphabet’s new chairman Eric Schmidt wrote about artificial intelligence and why he thinks so much progress has been made in recent years. Although the term was coined way back in the 1950’s, progress seemed to languish for quite a while waiting for technology to catch up with researchers. Read more
Chatbots are computer softwares that have been programmed to respond when prompted with certain key words, which limits the complexity of conversations a Chatbot can have with a human. Google however has been developing its own chatbot called “AI” that is more adapted to human conversations as it is programmed to teach itself human language by analysing movie subtitles and IT helpdesk transcripts. Read more
We already knew Google had quite a bit of interest in artificial intelligence and robotics, but it seems they have over $400 million of interest. Google is reportedly in the process of acquiring DeepMind Technologies for $400 million. DeepMind’s Web site describes the London-based company as “cutting edge,” specializing in combing “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”
This is definitely something to keep an eye on as Google grows into more and more areas of technology. Could Google be trying to rival Amazon’s futuristic delivery drones” We’ll have to wait and see.
Source: 9to5 Google
In a new story published yesterday, The Huffington Post delves into the history of Siri, Apple’s voice-assistant that seems to be ubiquitous to the iPhone experience since the 4S came out. One of the interesting bits of information from the article deals with how the technology almost ended up on all Android phones that were going to be sold by Verizon. Read more
Leading Android keyboard developer Swiftkey announced a new app today, Swiftkey Flow. This new app will enable users to “flow” a word by gliding their finger across the keypad instead of tapping letters, somewhat reminiscent of the input method found in Swype and other apps. Swiftkey indicates the new Swiftkey Flow app will be different because it incorporates their real-time prediction technology as a user is “flowing” a word. Swiftkey touts the power of its artificial intelligence engine by noting it can correctly predict the next word 30% of the time before any characters are even entered. Once two characters are entered, whether through traditional typing or using the new “flow” mode, the odds of correctly predicting the next word jump to 84%.
Swiftkey indicates they will start beta testing the new app with members of the VIP community before eventually releasing it in the Google Play Store. Hit the break for a video of Swiftkey Flow in action and the text of the full press release. Read more