Tag Archives: Voice Recognition

Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail

by Qasim Mohammad, TechCrunch

You’re a sales associate at a big-box retailer and a customer just asked whether the latest iPhone 7 is in stock. You proceed to ask your colleague, Stuart, the same question, and he tells you the product is sold out.

But there’s something odd about this scenario: You didn’t move an inch, and Stuart isn’t a person. Stuart is an artificially intelligent assistant that lives in your earpiece. Each day, he saves you multiple trips to the stock room to do inventory checks, because he’s autonomously connected to your retailer’s inventory management and point-of-sale systems. Continue reading Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail

Machines Can Now Recognize Something After Seeing It Once

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

Algorithms usually need thousands of examples to learn something. Researchers at Google DeepMind found a way around that.

Most of us can recognize an object after seeing it once or twice. But the algorithms that power computer vision and voice recognition need thousands of examples to become familiar with each new image or word.

Researchers at Google DeepMind now have a way around this. They made a few clever tweaks to a deep-learning algorithm that allows it to recognize objects in images and other things from a single example—something known as “one-shot learning.” The team demonstrated the trick on a large database of tagged images, as well as on handwriting and language. Continue reading Machines Can Now Recognize Something After Seeing It Once