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CEO of Luminance on Legal #NLProc

CEO of Luminance on Legal #NLProc | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Moreover, this perhaps underlines the huge potential legal AI companies of this type may have. I.e. Luminance does not just have a chance to tap into the legal needs of firms working in English, but the world’s legal market. Given that the global legal market is estimated to be $700 billion in value, then even if only a very small fraction of this were to be considered as legal AI document analysis territory, then we are still looking at a future multi-billion dollar industry in the making.
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@Trainline Launches New Voice App for Google Assistant

@Trainline Launches New Voice App for Google Assistant | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Independent train ticket retailer Trainline has launched its latest voice app, which has been built for the Google Assistant.
Trainline’s voice app is expected to allow rail travellers to ‘talk to Trainline’ by asking everyday travel questions regarding their journey and receive real-time updates on details such as timetables and delays. The voice app includes various smart built-in features and combines Trainline’s travel technology experience with Google’s conversational platform to make accessing information on the move easier for commuters.

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Example of how a given industry can enrich a generic-technology virtual assistant.

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The Start of a Marketplace for Automated Legal Documents

The Start of a Marketplace for Automated Legal Documents | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Switzerland: Legal tech start-up PartnerVine has launched an automated legal contract market for corporates, in conjunction with Big Four firm, PwC.  The core offering is a marketplace of automated contractual documents covering a wide range of needs a company may have. The first major seller in the marketplace is the Swiss division of PwC, which has created a range of contracts for sale based on the Exari automation platform.

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Contract generation from templates is now being commoditised. 

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Google’s Fernando Pereira on Natural Language Understanding & Machine Learning

Google’s Fernando Pereira on Natural Language Understanding & Machine Learning | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
“The Understanding Computer Google VP and Engineering Fellow Dr. Fernando Pereira in Conversation with Museum Historian John Markoff,” October 10, 2017. Produced by CHM Live. People may not know that…
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Worth being able to listen to one of the pivotal computational linguists of the past 40 years, who stays out of the limelight most of the time.

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Ideas from @BBC's Conversational User Interface #newsHACK

Ideas from @BBC's Conversational User Interface #newsHACK | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
This team built a tool for journalists that repurposes long Q&A articles for voice devices. The browser-based interface creates a question bank after being given a URL to a Q&A piece, stripping out the questions and their corresponding answers and displaying them as individual elements. Journalists can then edit the elements to better suit voice devices. The tool prompts users to edit answers down to a certain character limit and provides a text-to-speech preview feature to listen to the revised text being read aloud, as if by Alexa. The prototype also uses Google search queries to recommend related questions that can be answered by the replies stripped from the article.
LT-Innovate's insight:

The design problem of adapting digital content to voice only interfaces: could be a major innovation field as everything textual gets filtered through conversational devices. Parallel to first text interfaces in ancient world framing written content from ambient speech. 

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InterpretBank Adds #ASR to Pace-setting Interpreters Toolbox

In 10 years, InterpretBank grew even bigger: hundreds of professional interpreters, AIIC members, and international organizations become satisfied users. In the constant pursuit of developing a tool which supports interpreters in their tough job and is always up-to-date with the newest research in the field, the 2017 edition of InterpretBank features the automatic speech recognition function, a break-through in computer-assisted interpreting tools. This innovative function has been first presented in November 2017 at the TechLING’17 in Forlì (Italy) and at the Translating and the Computer 39 Conference in London, receiving a very positive feedback from the scientific community and from members of international organisations.

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A blog on the history of the only interpreter's tool that applies significant tech advances to real needs in the workplace.

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English Language iTutoring: Automated Assessment of L-Learning

English Language iTutoring: Automated Assessment of L-Learning | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Paul Butcher, CTO of English Language iTutoring that develops The Write & Improve programme, an AI-driven language-learning assessment service launched last year. This is a joint venture between exams group Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a group of technologists all based around Cambridge, UK.

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AI-driven language learning assessment tools are so far quite rare. Butcher was involved in SwiftKey, the smart keyboard company, also inspired by academic work in Cambridge

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TranslateMedia Boss on Why Many Translators Will Soon Be Editors

TranslateMedia Boss on Why Many Translators Will Soon Be Editors | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

(UK) TransMedia's CEO's ’ prediction is that neural MT will change the role of translators. “For the foreseeable future, high-end creative translation will be exclusively human. But, in more and more cases, translators will be asked to act more as editors rather than doing the work from scratch.”

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Meet Larissa, the Divorce Bot You Can Talk To

Meet Larissa, the Divorce Bot You Can Talk To | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Canada-based legal bot developer, Tom Martin, has created an experimental divorce bot that you can talk to (video available), named Larissa.
Larissa is designed to allow a member of the public to ask a range of questions about divorce. For example: ‘What is the difference between divorce and separation?’ It can also provide help on how the divorce process works and what a couple can expect in terms of timelines. In short, it acts as a first port of call to people about to engage with a legal process.

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#MT Market to Reach $1.48B by 2022

#MT Market to Reach $1.48B by 2022 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
The global Machine Translation market was worth USD 0.25 billion in the year 2012 and is expected to reach approximately USD 1.48 billion by 2022, while registering itself at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.40% during the forecast period.
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Here's a modest and more plausible prediction, compared to many who report on the MT market.  

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Voice Search For Marketers: 'Context Is Queen' 

Voice Search For Marketers: 'Context Is Queen'  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Use of voice-enabled speakers is projected to grow by 130 percent in the next year — and an estimate 50 percent of all searches will be completed via either speech or image search by 2020. But according to Yext VP of Industry Insights Duane Forrester, too many marketers are still at square one when it comes to thinking about a voice-first strategy.

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Useful, longish interview with a marketing expert on the ups & downs of voice search (especially on speakers) and its impact on brands etc.

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@AISense Raises $10M to Power Ambient Voice Intelligence

@AISense Raises $10M to Power Ambient Voice Intelligence | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

AISense (US) is a service that will give people the power to store, search and share the details of their everyday conversations without any limits or constraints. The forthcoming consumer product will unlock a new dimension of verbal conversations through an elegant integration of AI and user-centric design, so participants can forget about taking notes and trust that a much better shared transcript and summary will be automatically generated.

LT-Innovate's insight:

Keep an eye on developments around "ambient intelligence" as new devices/services emerge especially in the speech/video sector. Security first: a transcript of everything that anyone around you ever says is much easier to hack as data. 

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@BBC DG: Need to Address Tech Changes such as #ASR & VR

@BBC DG: Need to Address Tech Changes such as #ASR & VR | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Hall said he wanted the BBC during this charter to be defined by boldness, originality and risk-taking, generating new ideas, innovating further and taking greater risks. This could likely mean the BBC examining big technological changes such as voice recognition and virtual reality.
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The BBC research dept is already looking at a lot of tech options in processing multilingual news etc. ASR sounds rather obvious, and you would imagine they were already onto it for some tasks. 

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Seeing AI | Talking Camera App for Visual Impairment Users

Seeing AI | Talking Camera App for Visual Impairment Users | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Seeing AI from Microsoft
A free app that narrates the world around you. Following features:

Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera
Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting
Gives audio beeps to help locate barcodes and then scans them to identify products
Recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions
An experimental feature to describe the scene around you
Identify currency bills when paying with cash.

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Ingenious use of visual facts-to-speech language tech to deliver multiple media support.

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@EVA - Voice-controlled Extended Visual Assistant

@EVA - Voice-controlled Extended Visual Assistant | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

EVA (Hungary) is a voice controlled eyewear for the visually impaired. EVA's Artificial Intelligence recognises objects, texts, signs and verbally describes what it sees.

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Another device dedicated to narrating & navigating the world for the visually impaired. 

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Cloud #NLProc Market to hit $6B by 2024

Cloud #NLProc Market to hit $6B by 2024 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Cloud NLP Market is expected to surpass USD 6 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Exponential growth of the digital data is one of the major factors that is driving the growth of the cloud natural language processing market. Data/information has emerged as one of the most important assets of the organizations. Companies are collecting, analyzing, and reporting vast volume of data for extracting meaningful insights to get competitive edge.
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@Snips Helps You Build Your Own Voice Assistant

@Snips Helps You Build Your Own Voice Assistant | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. A voice assistant transcribes your voice into a text query. Popular home assistants usually send a small audio file with your voice and use servers to transcribe your query.
Snips can transcribe your voice into text on the device itself. It works on anything that is more powerful than a Raspberry Pi. For now, Snips is limited to English and French. You’ll have to use a third-party automatic speech recognition API for other languages.

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Check out how Snips is solving the basic data problem (ie you need data to produce content) by using Data Generation here

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Empathic - EC R&D Project for Expressive, Advanced Virtual Coach to Aid the Elderly

Empathic - EC R&D Project for Expressive, Advanced Virtual Coach to Aid the Elderly | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

The EMPATHIC Research & Innovation project will research, innovate, explore and validate new paradigms and platforms, laying the foundation for future generations of Personalised Virtual Coaches to assist elderly people living independently at and around their home. Innovative multimodal face analytics, adaptive spoken dialogue systems and natural language interfaces are part of what the project will research and innovate, in order to help dependent aging persons.

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A topic that has been on the EU agenda for years now - a tech-driven carer to aid Europe's aging population. Maybe the AI boom will help speed up the exploration of different options and  test them more quickly.

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@PBT EU Premieres Multilingual SubtitleNEXT in Spain

@PBT EU Premieres Multilingual SubtitleNEXT in Spain | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
PlayBox Technology EU (PBT EU) has introduced its SubtitleNEXT multilingual captioning suite of products to the Spanish market.
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Who is "Best Politician-Speaker" in the U.S. for an #ASR System?

Who is "Best Politician-Speaker" in the U.S. for an #ASR System? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Trint, an online software platform, which has been called an “unprecedented voice transcription technology” by Wired was used to evaluate the eloquence of top U.S. politicians, using clear enunciation, slow speech, simple words as measuring sticks. 
Trint used artificial intelligence to generate transcripts of recorded audio and video, to evaluate which politicians the bots understand best. Nikki Haley won.

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@Expert_System Applied AI to Twitter to Understand Black Friday Consumer Trends

@Expert_System Applied AI to Twitter to Understand Black Friday Consumer Trends | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
By harnessing the powerful AI features of the cognitive technology Cogito, Expert System analyzed a sample of 120,000 tweets in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Posted online from October 20 to November 20, 2017, tweets were associated with the most-used hashtags for the 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday such as #blackfriday, #BlackFriday2017, #cybermonday, #cybermondaydeals, #cyberweek etc.
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Ohio Project to Automatically Learn Unresourced Languages for Disaster Relief Situations

Ohio Project to Automatically Learn Unresourced Languages for Disaster Relief Situations | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI) is a DARPA project to develop technology for languages about which translators and linguists know nothing.  An Ohio University team is using the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Owens Cluster to develop a grammar acquisition algorithm to discover the rules of lesser-known languages, learning the grammars without supervision so disaster relief teams can react quickly.

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Machine Learning Used by Over Half of Top Insurers 

Machine Learning Used by Over Half of Top Insurers  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

More than half of insurance firms around the world have implemented machine learning technology into their business, says Earnix, a provider of analytics solutions for the financial services industry, who announced the results of a global survey of more 193 insurance executives today (May 31). Results revealed that over half (54%) of the executives surveyed said that their organisation was using Machine Learning for predictive analytical modelling. Of those deploying the technology, 70% said they were using it for risk modelling, followed by demand models (45%) and fraud detection (36%).

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Possibly an indication of market for certain insurance-centric LT solutions

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#AI Platform Market Worth $9.88B by 2022

#AI Platform Market Worth $9.88B by 2022 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Machine Learning (ML) tool is expected to be the largest contributor in the global AI Platform Market during the forecast period 
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Audio Narration of Life for Blind Triplets

Triplets from Arlington, Va., who are completely blind from birth have been provided with glasses from Aira, a San Diego-based company that has developed smart glasses to help the blind and visually impaired with everyday tasks. The glasses are equipped with a camera, which feeds a video stream to a remote agent who then narrates what they see in real time over the phone for the user.
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The next step will be to automate the narration to make the blind user completely autonomous. Microsoft is working on similar sensory deprivation issues with technology known as Ambient Intelligence. .Raises lots of questions about what a "narration of life" should contain in terms of visual content.

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LG Unveils AI-based Smart Speaker

LG Unveils AI-based Smart Speaker | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
LG Electronics has introduced a smart speaker, dubbed 'the ThinQ Hub'. The smart speaker is based on the Clova AI virtual assistant or CLOud Virtual Assistant, developed by Naver, Yonhap press agency reports. Home appliances, including TVs, refrigerators and washers, can be activated through ThinQ Hub, the company said. Clova combines speech recognition and natural language understanding to respond to users' questions and to call up information, such as the weather and news.
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