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Transparency for AI as a Service: Amazon introduces service cards to enhance responsible AI.

Amazon published a series of web pages designed to help people use AI responsibly. Amazon Web Services introduced so-called AI service cards that describe the uses and limitations of some models it serves.
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AI as Officemate: Workers benefit from AI-powered assistance and tools.

Many workers benefit from AI in the office without knowing it, a new study found. MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group surveyed employees on their use of AI in their day-to-day work. Their findings...
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How Alexa Says Goodnight: Amazon Echo uses generative AI to create bedtime stories.

Too exhausted (or unimaginative) to tell your child a bedtime story? Amazon’s smart displays can spin bespoke tales on demand. A feature called Create with Alexa generates children’s stories complete with illustrations, music, and sound effects on the Amazon Echo Show device.
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Your Coworkers Aren’t Human: Confronting the Fear of a White Collar AI Takeover

The new remote administrative assistant is a little too perky, hardworking, and efficient. Is it because he’s a bot?
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Parsing Commands Into Actions: NLP Helps Google Robot Understand Spoken Instructions

A new method enables robots to respond helpfully to verbal commands by pairing a natural language model with a repertoire of existing skills.
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Robots in the Workplace: Google uses robot janitors to clean up offices.

Machines are doing light janitorial work in the uncontrolled environment of Google’s offices. Everyday Robots, a new spin-out from Google’s experimental X Development division, unleashed 100 robots to perform an array of cleanup tasks.
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Wolfram Burgard: Train robots in the real world.

Robots are tremendously useful machines, and I would like to see them applied to every task where they can do some good. Yet we don’t have enough programmers for all this hardware and all these tasks.
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Who Can Afford to Train AI?: Cost of AI is Too Expensive for Many Small Companies

The cost of training top-performing machine learning models has grown beyond the reach of smaller companies.
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Democracies Embrace Surveillance: AI Increasingly Spies on Citizens of Western Democracies

What if AI-enabled monitoring isn’t just for dictators and despots?The fear: Under the pretext of maintaining law and order, even countries founded on a commitment to individual rights allow police to take advantage of smart-city infrastructure and smart-home devices.
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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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Apple Kicks AI Into High Gear

After years of trailing other tech giants in AI, Apple has a new ambition: to become the industry’s leading purveyor of products powered by machine learning. In an interview with Ars Technica, the company’s AI chief argues that its pro-privacy.
Examples of Xpression app working (people in pajamas looking like they're wearing suits)
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GAN Makes Pajamas Safe For Work

A new camera app uses a generative adversarial network to let users look like they’re dressed for success while they videoconference in their jammies. Xpression is an iPhone app that maps facial expressions onto till images in real time, allowing users to look clothed in digital costumes.
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Data Compression By AI

In this work-from-home era, who hasn’t spent a video conference wishing they could read an onscreen document without turning their eyes from the person they’re talking with? Or simply hoping the stream wouldn’t stutter or stall? Deep learning can fill in the missing pieces.
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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The AI of Small Things

Some tech companies boast that their AI will change the world. Apple’s latest just aims to make your life a little easier. Apple unveiled a flock of modest conveniences powered by machine learning at its annual developer conference.

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