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busuu Guest Star at EU-Startups Conference

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New EU Startups conference on the 7th of November 2014 between 2pm and 8pm in the event space of the WERK1 in Munich. Around 120 attendees are expected.

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EU's Nordic and Baltic Regions to Co-operate on Digitalisation

EU's Nordic and Baltic Regions to Co-operate on Digitalisation | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Closer regional co-operation on digitalisation in both the public and private sectors will help to increase competitiveness and support European co-operation within the field,” says Norway’s Minister for Nordic Co-operation Frank Bakke-Jensen.
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Hope they showcase a regional digital language infrastructure to underpin access for all to cooperation.

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Law Bot Co-Founder Launches AI UK Case Law Search Engine

Law Bot Co-Founder Launches AI UK Case Law Search Engine | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Law Bot (UK) has launched a new legal AI case law search engine, DenninX, in what is hoped will grow into a game changing application for legal research. The free application’s aim is to help lawyers and law students conduct legal research on English case law by making use of AI technology, such as natural language pre-processing and machine learning, something Bull states is missing from current search systems provided by the big legal publishers in the UK.

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UK Voice Searches for Hotels up 343% YoY

UK Voice Searches for Hotels up 343% YoY | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

In 2016, Bing had a 20.5% share, which has now risen to 25% with 30 million unique searchers and 900 million monthly searches. There has been a threefold annual rise in UK consumers using voice to search for hotels and flights. Searches via Cortana for hotels has risen 343% YoY, and flights by 277%.
Interestingly, nearly all (95%) of searches for hotels and flights were found to be driven by brand.

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Icelandic Language at Risk from Digitisation

Icelandic Language at Risk from Digitisation | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Icelandic ranks among the weakest and least-supported language in terms of digital technology—along with Irish Gaelic, Latvian, Maltese and Lithuanian. Iceland's Ministry of Education estimates about 1 billion Icelandic krona, or $8.8 million, is needed for seed funding for an open-access database to help tech developers adapt Icelandic as a language option.
Svandis Svavarsdottir, a member of Iceland's parliament for the Left-Green Movement, said the government should not be weighing costs when the nation's cultural heritage is at stake.
"If we wait, it may already be too late," she said.

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No, digitisation will open up new opportunities for Icelandic, not threaten it. The database is just a start...

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#MT Challenge for China's Belt and Road Project

#MT Challenge for China's Belt and Road Project | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Experts attending an international workshop on language are discussing machine translation to facilitate intercultural communication among Belt and Road countries (The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road).
The workshop has attracted scholars and officials from countries including Italy, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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New Silk Road language issues could compare to some aspects of the EU's multilingual DSM - big and "small" languages, commercial infrastructure, ambitious dimensions. But funding might be easier! 

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Language Data Will Replicate Inherent Human Bias in #AI Apps

Language Data Will Replicate Inherent Human Bias in #AI Apps | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Aylin Caliskan of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy: “If AI is trained on human language, then it’s going to necessarily imbibe these biases, because it represents cultural facts and statistics about the world.” Essentially, if someone trains a machine to understand human language, then it’s going to pick up those inherent biases as well.

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Creative Virtual Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation 2017

Creative Virtual Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation 2017 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
The Innovation Award has been made to Creative Virtual for V-Person™, virtual agent technology, and V-Portal™, a knowledge management platform. These technologies allow global enterprises to engage in 1:1 virtual conversations with customers in any language. V-Portal brings together data from across the client company; internal databases, Customer Relationship Management software, forums, social media and more into one central control point.
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Yandex Translate Uses Language Kinship to Overcome Data Scarcity in #MT

Yandex Translate Uses Language Kinship to Overcome Data Scarcity in #MT | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
"We moved away from the traditional perception of each language as an independent system, and began to take into account the kinship between them. In practice, this means that if we need to build a translation for a language where there isn't much data, we can use other, larger, related languages," Yandex Translate developer Anton Dvorkovich explains in a blog post.
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Legal Tech Aims at Audio-Visual #NLProc

US-based Veritone deciphers audio and visual data that can be used in evidence for court cases. It can transcribe audio and then analyse it for what is called ‘sentiment’, i.e. the ideas and emotions conveyed by certain speakers, who perhaps may be witnesses in a court case. The video analysis capability can identify certain faces of people, or even certain types of object, which also helps to support defendants and claimants during evidence analysis.

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Interbot, the First Bot2bot Communication Platform 

Interbot, the First Bot2bot Communication Platform  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

S-based bot platform Gupshup launched InterBot, a bot-to-bot communication platform to enable them transact, co-ordinate, compete, collaborate and negotiate with each other. Shopping bots can negotiate with merchant bots to find the best prices. A travel bot can book packages by combining the services of flight and hotel bots. A taxi bot can ask the café bot to have the coffee ready by the time the user’s taxi arrives.

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Promise of Lower Corporate #AI Project Costs

Promise of Lower Corporate #AI Project Costs | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Harvard Business Review on planning AI projects in comapnies. The cost of artificial intelligence talent is coming down as the supply of trained professionals increases. Just as the cost of building a mobile app went from $200,000–$300,000 in 2010 to less than $10,000 today with better development tools, standardization around few platforms (Android and iOS), and increased supply of mobile developers, similar price deflation in the cost of building AI-powered systems is coming. The implication is that there is no need for firms to frontload their hiring. Hiring slowly, yet consistently, over time and making use of marketplaces for machine learning software and infrastructure can help keep costs manageable.

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#ASR Market to Increase by 12 Percent to $184B by 2021

#ASR Market to Increase by 12 Percent to $184B by 2021 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

The global market for voice recognition technologies was valued at $90.3 billion in 2015 and $104.4 billion in 2016, and it is expected to reach $184.9 billion in 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1 percent, according to a report from BCC Research. The consumer market is expected to grow from $54.4 billion in 2016 to $95.9 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 12 percent. The enterprise market is expected to grow from $44 billion in 2016 to $79 billion at a CAGR of 12.4 percent.

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Google Cloud Speech API Now Generally Available to Developers 

Google Cloud Speech API Now Generally Available to Developers  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Google says that the early beta testers have largely demonstrated one of two primary ‘use cases’: speech analytics and speech-based control of devices and apps. The speech analytics part is highlighted as one big use for the technology, with Google saying it can enable call centers, as one example, to gather insights from conversations that are taking place in real time.
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Accenture and DFKI Collaborate to Help Organisations Benefit from Artificial Intelligence

Accenture and DFKI Collaborate to Help Organisations Benefit from Artificial Intelligence | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Accenture (professional services company) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have formed an alliance to enable clients to take advantage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies as fundamental elements of their innovation strategies, helping to shape the future of their organizations. Accenture Analytics, part of Accenture Digital, will apply its deep analytics expertise with DFKI’s specialized AI research capabilities to further the adoption of these new technologies in Germany and beyond.

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Copy Anyone's Voice from 1 minute of Audio?

Copy Anyone's Voice from 1 minute of Audio? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada.

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Europe’s Surprising Digitisation Success Stories

A study by the Boston Consulting Group points out that many small export-oriented European Union member countries (Benelux, Baltic, and Nordic countries) rank well above the US in so-called “e-intensity,” which covers IT infrastructure, Internet access, as well as businesses, consumer, and government engagement in Internet-related activities.
These “digital frontrunners” generate about 8% of their GDP from the Internet, compared to 5% in Europe’s Big Five (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom). Digitization is expected to generate between 1.6 million and 2.3 million more jobs than it eliminates in these countries between 2015 and 2020.

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Useful overview of "new" tech spending the EU 

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Europe #MT Market Report 2017 

Europe #MT Market Report 2017  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

This report studies sales (consumption) of Machine Translation (MT) in Europe market, especially in Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy, Spain and Benelux, focuses on top players in these countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these Countries, covering
AppTek
Asia Online
Cloudwords
IBM
Lighthouse IP Group
Lingo24
Lingotek
Lionbridge Technologies
Lucy Software and Services
Moravia IT
Pangeanic
ProMT
Raytheon BBN Technologies
SDL
Smart Communications
Systran International
Welocalize

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Best ignored. Probably unreliable and out of date. Includes US tech suppliers such as Raytheon BBN but misses KantanMT and Iconic Translations. Asia Online changed its name some time ago... 

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XTM LIVE Translation Technology Power Summit

XTM LIVE Translation Technology Power Summit | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
XTM International announce they will hold the first XTM LIVE, a Translation Technology Power Summit hosted by Sony. The two-day event will take place on May 31st and June 1st 2017 at the Sony headquarters in San Mateo, California.
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Unauthorized Subtitles For Movies & TV Shows Are Illegal, Dutch Court Rules

Unauthorized Subtitles For Movies & TV Shows Are Illegal, Dutch Court Rules | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

This week the Amsterdam District Court handed down its decision on a case of fan subtitling. it was bad news for the fansubbers. The Court rejected all of their claims and sided with BREIN on each count. The Court found that subtitles can only be created and distributed after permission has been obtained from copyright holders. Doing so outside these parameters amounts to copyright infringement.

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"Cognitive" Storytelling Competition at Tribeca Film Festival

Starting today, participants in the U.S. can submit ideas on how they would apply Watson to any storytelling medium, such as film and video, web content, gaming, augmented reality and virtual reality. IBM has worked with Tribeca to develop five use-case categories that can help guide the ideation process for submissions, including examples of cognitive solutions and how Watson APIs can be applied to their creation. Guiding categories include development, pre-production, production and post-production, audience experience and interaction, and marketing and distribution.
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The emergence of "narrative as a platform"? 

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EU Funds New "Data Accelerator" Innovation Eco-system to Inspire Startups to Tackle Societal Problems

EU Funds New "Data Accelerator" Innovation Eco-system to Inspire Startups to Tackle Societal Problems | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

A new European Commission-funded startup accelerator, Data Pitch, is being launched today with the aim of connecting established businesses and organizations with lots of data with startups that might be able to help them unlock the value of the info they hold and thereby tackle industrial and societal challenges. The EC is committing €7.1 million into “data driven innovation” over the next three years, with €4.8 million going directly to fund startups and SMEs via this “startup-corporate collaboration” Data Pitch program.

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Self-Driving Shuttle Bus for People with Vision, Hearing, and Physical Impairments

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus for People with Vision, Hearing, and Physical Impairments | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

IBM and carmaker Local Motors are developing a self-driving, electric shuttle bus that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone apps to serve people with vision, hearing, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The buses, dubbed “Olli,” are designed to transport people around neighborhoods at speeds below 35 miles per hour and will be sold to cities, counties, airports, companies, and universities.

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EU #NLU-Powered Doctor App and Telemedicine Service

EU #NLU-Powered Doctor App and Telemedicine Service | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Ada (UK and German health tech startup) sees its official U.K. push today, and in doing so joins a number of other European startups attempting to market something akin to an AI-powered ‘doctor’.
The company’s mobile offering bills itself as a “personal health companion and telemedicine app” and via a conversational interface is designed to help you work out what symptoms you have and offer you information on what might be the cause. If needed, it then offers you a follow up remote consultation with a real doctor over text.

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#IoT-driven "Cognitive Rooms" to Boost User Comfort

#IoT-driven "Cognitive Rooms" to Boost User Comfort | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

IBM & HARMAN voice-controlled product. For example, when an employee enters a conference room they can start a video conference, launch a presentation and more using their voice. In the future, these tasks will be executed automatically based on what the system has learned about the employee based on previous meetings. The system gets smarter about the person and their preferences over time.

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The Human Language Project: A New Approach to Research and Innovation in Language Technology? 

The Human Language Project: A New Approach to Research and Innovation in Language Technology?  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

The European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment office (STOA) recently published a study concerning the role of technology in achieving European “language equality in the digital age.”  It claims that more than twenty European languages are in danger of “digital extinction,” and that the language technology (LT) programme that might save them is “not properly represented in the agenda of European policy makers.” But this study's view of LT research & innovation is unsustainable.

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