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Items related to web intelligence, natural language understanding, the technologies that make them possible (e.g., speech recognition) and apps and services emerging from them (e.g., virtual assistants). (Derek Austin is with Nuance Communications, Inc.)
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A year of tech industry hype in a single graph

A year of tech industry hype in a single graph | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Tech industry trends follow a fairly predictable pattern: there's a rush of hype, an inevitable backlash, and then a long, tired slog towards a product that actually works. It eventually produces...
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Speech recognition arrives on the Plateau of Productivity - My favourite Gartner publication! 

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Programming by Voice: Staying Productive without Harming Yourself - ExtraHop Networks

Programming by Voice: Staying Productive without Harming Yourself - ExtraHop Networks | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
I pieced together a toolkit that will allow you to program by voice on a Linux machine. In this post, I share my GitHub repository and describe my setup.
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Will.i.am's Puls is a beast of a wearable that makes calls without a phone

Will.i.am's Puls is a beast of a wearable that makes calls without a phone | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
But it does need a data plan from AT&T in the U.S. or from O2 in the U.K.
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A hockey game changed my life — Dragon allowed me to live it

A hockey game changed my life — Dragon allowed me to live it | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Nineteen years ago I found myself in the spinal cord unit of a hospital after breaking my neck in a freak accident, only 11 seconds into my first Boston University hockey game.
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Unload a 12 pack - Easy Life - YouTube

Get more time back in your day with this simple and effective time saver - learn to unload a 12 pack of soft drink in one fast sweeping motion. It's a simple...
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iOS 8 brings new 3rd party keyboards and Swype is one of the coolest

iOS 8 brings new 3rd party keyboards and Swype is one of the coolest | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Users of iOS 8 no longer have to be happy with just the default Apple keyboard. Developers are now allowed to create keyboards with features Apple that
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ING Netherlands new intelligent virtual assistant sets a standard for mobile banking

ING Netherlands new intelligent virtual assistant sets a standard for mobile banking | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
ING Netherlands has leveraged Nuance’s Nina and voice biometrics to deliver an intelligent virtual assistant named Inge to its customers through the mobile banking app.
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Forget Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution

Forget Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
THE APPLE Watch is just the latest exciting development in wearable technology.
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Watch out - virtual assistants in!

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NDEV Mobile gives developers more voices for app customization

NDEV Mobile gives developers more voices for app customization | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
NDEV Mobile is enabling developers to reach new markets with the introduction of three speech recognition languages as well as 20+ new TTS voices.
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Great new options for mobile developers particularly for users in India!

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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds: Russell Blackford, Damien Broderick: 9781118736289: Amazon.com: Books

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Apple Expanding Boston-Based Research Team Working on Siri Speech Recognition

Apple Expanding Boston-Based Research Team Working on Siri Speech Recognition | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Last year, we highlighted a profile of Apple's Boston-area speech technology team speculated to be working on enhancements to Siri. The...
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Ditch the keyboard as mics work their way into the everyday

Ditch the keyboard  as mics work their way into   the everyday | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Rather than just a gimmick that made us feel a bit futuristic, voice recognition is now seen as a useful tool
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Ditch the keyboard as mics work their way into the everyday 

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Artificial intelligence revamping the Australian workforce

Artificial intelligence revamping the Australian workforce | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
A major employer in Australia is about to trial artificial intelligence to identify which of its jobs might be done by robots.
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Voice unlocks new ID technology

Voice unlocks new ID technology | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Increasingly the voice is being used as identification to replace passwords and fight fraud.
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Will.i.am Launches Puls, a Smartwatch That Doesn’t Need a Smartphone

Will.i.am Launches Puls, a Smartwatch That Doesn’t Need a Smartphone | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Will.i.am, the award-winning musician and tech entrepreneur, took the stage at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco to launch Puls, a smartwatch that he hopes will be successful enough to bring him some tech-industry credibility.
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Will.i.am has a standalone smartie that listens to your speech! 

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Fastest way to peel a boiled egg - Easy Life - YouTube

Get more time back in your day by skipping the time consuming tasks. Watch how you can speed up the process with this simple and easy life hack.
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Ninja fold - Easy Life - YouTube

Get more time back in your day with this simple and effective time saver - the Ninja fold. It's a simple and easy way to limit time spent on folding your lau...
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Say hello to Dragon. How does it work? - YouTube

Dragon, the world’s best-selling speech recognition software, lets you dictate documents, search the web, email and more on your computer — quickly and accur...
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Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Introduction - YouTube

Great overviewHello Bayesian Ninjas! A general introduction of machine learning algorithms! happy hunting! The white noise tutorial part was made entirely in MATLAB!

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Great overview of machine learning techiques

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The Quest for Artificial Intelligence (AI) - The World's Smartest Machine... - YouTube

Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM's DeepQA project by a resear...
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You're the voice – the science behind speaker recognition tech

You're the voice – the science behind speaker recognition tech | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
You may have read reports that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has introduced voiceprint technology which aims to do away with cumbersome identity-verification processes on the telephone. When you phone…
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Global intelligent virtual assistant market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 32.2% to 2019 - WhaTech

Global intelligent virtual assistant market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 32.2% to 2019 - WhaTech | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Today, intelligent virtual assistants are the new breeds of mobility solutions and business communication. Virtual assistants are increasingly entering the mobility market in order to increase business productivity. The fundamental problem faced by customers interacting with online websites of customers is the inability to find answers to their questions. Usage of next generation self service technology such as intelligent virtual assistants helps in improving the customer engagement service issues online.
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Forecasting an impressive growth rate for intelligent virtual assistants but the advertised analysis seems a tad simplistic lumping speech recognition and natural language understanding together.

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The Nuances of CRM

The Nuances of CRM | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Call Center Software by Five9 is at the forefront of accelerating call center performance. Five9's call center software solutions reduce operational cost and improve customer satisfaction. Try a free call center software trial.
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Nuance’s goal is to give end users a consistent and seamless omnichannel experience.

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Word of mouth: Language-recognition software takes off

Word of mouth: Language-recognition software takes off | Natural Computing | Scoop.it

Language processing software is set to do away with the need for computer keyboards

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium review | PC Pro

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium review | PC Pro | Natural Computing | Scoop.it
Nuance updates its best-selling speech recognition software - NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium now works with the built-in microphones on laptops and tablets
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With no need for a headset, NaturallySpeaking 13 is more versatile than previous versions...

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