Ford and Automatic have figured out a way of shoehorning Apple’s Siri personal assistant into older model vehicles. The two are also connecting Ford cars to the internet of things through a project with IFTTT.
Microsoft Azure now provides a speech-recognition service for audio-visual content that indexes the files based on what’s actually said in them. This could automate the searchability, categorization and description of content that used to be a mystery if it wasn’t properly labeled.
Baidu says its 100-billion-neuron deep learning system will be complete within six months, powering a fast transition away from text as the dominant search input. Thanks to smartphones and its new Baidu Eye technology, the company expects voice and image search to dominate within five years.
Expect Labs is expanding the scope of its MindMeld API with a new offering focused specifically on enabling voice-powered mobile recommendation apps for retailers. The company first announced its API business earlier this year (after becoming known for its MindMeld app that listens to conversations and surfaces related content in real time) and appears on a mission to create specialized version for a handful of industries. In July, Expect Labs released a search API targeting media apps like Netflix, and its website shows a handful of upcoming versions, including ones targeting cooking apps and customer service.
Andrew Ng knows a lot about both deep learning and robotics, and he recently presented on how the former might affect the latter. Robot brains will need to train on a lot of data, and deep learning seems like a good way to do it.
Gigaom has written a lot about artificial intelligence over the years. Here are three timelines tracking the rise of deep learning and other learning systems, IBM Watson and AI discussions at Gigaom conferences.
Expect Labs has revamped its MindMeld artificial intelligence API to support new languages, more devices and better speech recognition. The company is trying to power a new generation of apps that build on what Siri started.
A Palo Alto startup called Wit.AI wants to enable a world of intelligent dialog with the devices around us, but conquering voice commands is the first step on its mission.
A startup called Gridspace is trying to reinvent the meeting process by taking the note-taking out of it. Its Memo system combines hardware, software and machine learning to let a computer take notes while the people focus on ideas.
Expect Labs has unveiled the MindMeld API, a set of artificial intelligence capabilities delivered as a service. Developers can use it to create smart applications that know what types of content and search results to recommend, and when.