Tag: natural language processing

IBM’s AI uses grammar rules to catch linguistic nuances of U.S. English

What’s the difference between independent and dependent clauses? Is it “me” or is it “I”? And how does “affect” differ from “effect,” really? Ample evidence suggests a strong correlation between grammatical knowledge and writing ability, and new research implies the same might be true of AI. In a pair of preprint papers, scientists at IBM […]

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Microsoft’s AI generates realistic speech with only 200 training samples

Modern text-to-speech algorithms are incredibly capable, and you needn’t look further for evidence than Google’s recently open-sourced SpecAugment or Translatotron — the latter can directly translate a person’s voice into another language while retaining tone and tenor. But there’s always room for improvement. Toward that end, researchers at Microsoft recently detailed in a paper (“Almost […]

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Scaleworks acquires AI ecommerce search provider SearchSpring

Scaleworks isn’t your typical venture company. The San Antonio-based private equity firm acquires startups with between $4 million and $10 million in annual run rate (ARR) and works to grow them, while additionally extending 12-to-16-month venture loans to B2B businesses as much as six times their monthly recurring revenue. Scaleworks bought eight companies with its […]

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Introducing the Conversational AI Summit. Focus will be on ROI

Conversational AI is arguably the most advanced and important application area for business AI right now. As such, it calls for a special focus. That’s why Transform, the “AI event of the year” will be launching the Conversational AI Summit, a new event within the two-day conference, held on July 10 & 11 in San […]

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Alexa speech normalization AI reduces errors by up to 81%

Text normalization is a fundamental processing step in most natural language systems. In the case of Amazon’s Alexa, “book me a table at 5:00 p.m.” might be transcribed by the assistant’s automatic speech recognizer as “five p m” and further reformatted to “5:00PM.” Inversely, Alexa might convert “5:00PM” to “five thirty p m” for Alexa’s […]

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Google’s Translatotron is an end-to-end model that mimics human voices

Google AI today shared details about Translatotron, an experimental AI system capable of direct translations of a person’s voice into another language, an approach that allows synthesized translation of a person’s voice to keep the sound of the original speaker’s voice. Traditionally, speech translation uses automatic speech recognition to convert speech to text, applies machine […]

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Intel adds sentiment analysis model to NLP Architect

Last year, Intel’s AI Lab — a cross-disciplinary team of machine learning researchers and engineers, data scientists, and neuroscientists — unveiled NLP Architect, an open source library of AI models, coding notebooks, and frameworks purpose-built for a range of natural language processing tasks. One application it didn’t target was sentiment analysis, which involves detecting subjective […]

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Amenity Analytics raises $18 million for AI that parses regulatory filings and earnings calls for key points

Amenity Analytics, a New York-based startup developing what it describes as a “text-mining” AI platform for enterprise, today announced that it’s raised $18 million in series B financing led by Starr Companies, with participation from Allstate, Intel Capital, and State of Mind Ventures. It brings the company’s total raised to around $25.6 million, following a […]

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Disney’s AI generates storyboard animations from scripts

AI that creates original clips from text snippets isn’t as novel as it sounds. Last year, researchers detailed a system that tapped a pair of neural networks — layers of mathematical functions modeled after biological neurons — to generate videos 32 frames long and 64×64 pixels in size from descriptions like “playing golf on the […]

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Alexa scientists teach AI language models new tongues with transfer learning

Adding support for a new language to a voice assistant like Alexa isn’t as easy as you might think, but researchers at Amazon believe they’ve developed a method that’ll expedite and simplify the process. In a newly published paper (“Cross-Lingual Transfer Learning for Spoken Language Understanding“) and accompanying blog post, they describe a technique that […]

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Why NLP will be big in 2019

Natural language processing (NLP) technologies leads the AI revolution. It is by far the most visible and popular form of AI. That’s partly because it has to do with one of the most basic fundamental forms of intelligence — language. With NLP, machines have made huge leaps in recent years in recognizing and understanding language […]

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Amazon will release a conversational and knowledge data set of more than 4 million words

No, this isn’t an April Fools’ Day prank: Amazon plans to make available a massive number of data samples targeting natural language processing research. The Seattle company today said that in September 2019, it’ll release the Topical Chat data set, a corpus of crowdsourced human conversations provided to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize […]

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Trellis raises $2 million to predict class action lawsuit payouts

Trellis Research today announced the close of a $2 million seed funding round for its platform that supplies lawyers with insights about the history of rulings from individual judges and predictions about payout to plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. Trellis uses a collection of more than five million California Superior Court records to inform users […]

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Adobe and Microsoft are using voice AI to search and query contracts

Adobe, the creator of PDFs and readers like Acrobat, is showcasing new voice AI tech to help more people ask natural language questions about contracts and other documents. Called intelligent agents, the prototype works in combination with text analysis from Microsoft’s Cognitive Services and is particularly trained to understand agreement and contract queries. Speech-to-text translation […]

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AI Weekly: Experts say OpenAI’s controversial model is a potential threat to society and science

Last week, OpenAI released GPT-2, a conversational AI system that quickly became controversial. Without domain-specific data, GPT-2 achieves state-of-the-art performance in seven of eight natural language understanding benchmarks for things like reading comprehension and answering questions. A paper and some code were released when the unsupervised model, trained on 40GB of internet text, went public, but […]

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Armorblox raises $16.5 million for NLP that secures human communication

Natural language processing (NLP) — the branch of AI that helps computers understand and manipulate human language — might not seem naturally applicable to cybersecurity, but as it turns out, the benefits can be enormous. Just ask Dhananjay Sampath. He’s the cofounder of Armorblox, a cybersecurity startup that emerged from stealth today with $16.5 million in […]

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OpenAI let us try its state-of-the-art NLP text generator

Language is power, and engineering a system that can comprehend it as well as any human is a grand challenge in AI research. Recent contributions like Google’s BERT, a framework that can train state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) models in a few hours on a single graphics card, and Facebook’s PyText, which produces over a […]

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CareerBuilder acquires Textkernel to bolster job-finding tools with AI

AI-driven talent recruitment tools are fast becoming a dime a dozen, which is hardly surprising. In theory, they offer employers far greater insight into prospective hirees’ personalities, histories, and experience than cover letters and resumes alone ever could. Startups like Eightfold and Vervoe tap machine learning algorithms to assess would-be employees’ skills, while ZipRecruiter and Indeed […]

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Why 25% of companies are copying Amazon’s customer support model — using bots and AI (VB Live)

Bots, artificial intelligence, and messaging in customer support offer an 8.6 percent increase in profit margin per customer. For a closer look at the long-term implications of automation, how to invest in the brave new world of work, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! Access for free on demand right here. “There are […]

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How AI-powered UX creates hard ROI for Captial One (VB Live)

User experience (UX) is overtaking price as the competitive differentiator. And now AI-powered UX design means you can craft those unique, relevant, and engaging experiences consumers are looking for. To learn more making AI the foundation of your UX design, don’t miss this VB Live event! Register here for free. Capital One is using AI […]

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