Alexa

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Animated graphics from Google demonstrate Project Relate, a tool for recognizing impaired speech. .
Alexa

Everyone Has a Voice: Project Relate Offers Synthesized Speech that Works in Real Time

An Android app offers speech recognition model for speech impaired by cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.
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Example comparing a nonaugmented model (left) to a model with internet-augmentation (right)
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This Chatbot Does Its Research: Facebook Chatbot Uses the Internet to Inform its Answers

Chatbots often respond to human input with incorrect or nonsensical answers. Why not enable them to search for helpful information?
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GIF showing Amazon Housold Robot working
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Guard Bot: Amazon Household Robot Patrols Home for Intruders

Amazon unveiled a robot that patrols users’ homes, scopes out strangers, and warns of perceived dangers.
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Bookstack and wrapping paper
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Writer’s Unblock

Neural networks for natural language processing got bigger, more prolific, and more fun to play with. Language models, which already had grown to gargantuan size, continued to swell, yielding chatbots that mimic AI luminaries and have very strange ideas about horses.
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Alexa device and information about its new skill called natural turn-talking
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Alexa, Read My Lips

Amazon’s digital assistant is using its eyes as well as its ears to figure out who’s talking. At its annual hardware showcase, Amazon introduced an Alexa skill that melds acoustic, linguistic, and visual cues to help the system keep track of individual speakers and topics of conversation.
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Illustration of Amazon Alexa with a question mark inside of a thought bubble
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What Were We Talking About?

Conversational agents have a tough job following the zigs and zags of human conversation. They’re getting better at it — thanks to yesterday’s technology. Amazon recently improved the Alexa chatbot’s ability to identify the current topic of conversation.
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