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MIT Facial Recognition System Spontaneously Mimics Human Brain

MIT Facial Recognition System Spontaneously Mimics Human Brain

An MIT research team has developed a machine learning facial recognition system that has spontaneously mimicked a key feature of our own brain’s visual processing system, reports MIT News. The researchers’ aim was to develop a facial recognition system that could learn to construct what are called “invariant” representations of faces – images of faces that…

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

If you are looking to see examples of biometrics in action, authenticating the common person and actively protecting real sensitive data, the place to look is the financial services market. Mobile wallets have taken off, enabling consumers to pay with their fingerprints, corporate banking clients scan their vein patterns to make high risk transactions through…

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Last week Apple finally brought Touch ID biometrics to its MacBook Pro, making good on longstanding rumors that the fingerprint scanning functionality was coming to the laptop in order to take advantage of Apple Pay on the web. The MacBook Pro isn’t the first laptop to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor – Lenovo has had…

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

This week FindBiometrics is in Las Vegas for Money20/20 2016 where biometrics are bigger than ever before. For three consecutive years we have hosted panel discussions at the major FinTech event, watching the audience steadily grow along with the number of biometrics vendors on the exhibition floor. On Monday, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill once again took…

Amazon Echo Dot Features Voice Controlled AI, Available For Pre-Order

Amazon Echo Dot Features Voice Controlled AI, Available For Pre-Order

Amazon’s second-generation Amazon Echo Dot is now available for pre-order in the UK. It’s a small, cylindrical device in the shape of a tuna can that helps to turn a user’s residence into a smart home. Like the Amazon Echo and other similar devices, it features Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled AI platform. Users can play music, control…

Speech Recognition Helps Bring Sonos Speakers into the Smart Home

Speech Recognition Helps Bring Sonos Speakers into the Smart Home

Home entertainment speakers maker Sonos has announced new initiatives that will take advantage of users’ increasingly connected homes as the Internet of Things continues to bloom. One of the developments is the integration of Sonos controls into Spotify, which will allow users to control what’s playing on their entire Sonos home speaker systems through the…

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

IP Australia, the country’s intellectual property agency, has launched a virtual assistant to help customers calling in with questions. Called ‘Alex’, the virtual entity is based on Nuance Communications’ virtual assistant platform, called ‘Nina’. Alex is designed to answer callers’ questions about trade mark registration and related issues, and to evolve its knowledge base as…

AI-Human Facial Recognition Competition Illustrates State of the Art

AI-Human Facial Recognition Competition Illustrates State of the Art

A human being has beaten a sophisticated artificial intelligence system in a facial recognition competition. He’s no ordinary human, however. Wang Yucheng is famous in his home country of China for his amazing memory, having performed such feats as correctly identifying, on a game show, a certain glass of water from over 500 other nearly identical…

Amazon’s Voice-Based AI Has Over a Thousand Skills

Amazon’s Voice-Based AI Has Over a Thousand Skills

Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant Alexa now has more than a thousand “skills”, the company has announced. ‘Skills’ in Alexa’s case refer to the AI system’s compatibility with certain kinds of queries. They’ve been ramping up over the last year, ever since Amazon opened up skills development to third parties via Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).…

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

As other major IT companies step up their efforts in speech recognition and AI, Microsoft is following suit with respect to its Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The company is offering a new set of APIs for UWP developers called Microsoft Cognitive Services. The cloud-based APIs revolve around speech recognition, but also take things a step…

Speech Recognition Is Leaving a Mark on Our Accents

Speech Recognition Is Leaving a Mark on Our Accents

Apple users are changing their accents to accommodate Siri, according to The Guardian’s Tom Dart. And the same applies to users of other apps designed for speech recognition; all are struggling to sound more like northern Americans to ensure that their apps can figure out what they’re saying. Speaking to Dart, Language Technologies professor Alan…

Apple Acquires VocalIQ

Apple Acquires VocalIQ

Apple has acquired a UK-based startup that could help it to further enlighten Siri, the virtual assistant built into Apple’s mobile devices. Called VocalIQ, the startup specializes in artificial intelligence, and more specifically in areas related to voice-based interaction. Neither company has disclosed concrete details about the deal – not the monetary terms, nor future…

Apple Acquires Deep Learning Facial Recognition Startup

Apple Acquires Deep Learning Facial Recognition Startup

Apple has made another eyebrow-raising startup acquisition. Having just acquired voice-focused AI startup VocalIQ, presumably to help it refine its Siri mobile virtual assistant, Apple has now bought a company called Perceptio. The startup has developed a deep learning AI system designed for image recognition, with a focus on facial recognition. To what end? That…

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