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Google Assistant passes 500 million users, will get longform reading and deeper smart home integration in 2020

Posted in Business, Online, Software on 9th Jan, 2020
by Alex Muller

Google Assistant is now used by 500 million monthly active users, and today Google is previewing features on the way in 2020 like a new voice that reads articles and web pages aloud to users with a more natural and humanlike voice.

Alphabet Is Developing a Robot to Take Over Boring Everyday Tasks

Posted in Business, Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2019
by Alex Muller

Robots excel at carrying out specialized tasks in controlled environments, but put them in your average office and they’d be lost. Alphabet wants to change that by developing what they call the Everyday Robot, which could learn to help us out with our daily chores.

Google Brain’s ROBEL benchmark lets devs track AI quality on affordable robots

Posted in Business, Hardware, Software on 11th Oct, 2019
by Alex Muller

More affordable robots designed to work with platforms and performance benchmarks make adoption more likely by developers, students, or startups interested in iterating to advance the field.

Google’s highly scalable AI can generate convincingly humanlike speech

Posted in Software on 2nd Oct, 2019
by Alex Muller

Their model not only generates high-fidelity speech with “naturalness” but that it’s highly parallelizable, meaning it’s more easily trained across multiple machines compared with conventional alternatives.

Google’s AI learns how actions in videos are connected

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2019
by Alex Muller

This will be useful for researchers working on video understanding.