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Emergent // Future – Facebook’s AI Research, Google’s speech recognition and more

Issue 49
This week we check out Facebook’s pursuit to create computers with intelligence on par with humans, how Google’s opening access to its speech recognition software, Amazon’s Lex is now available to any developer building conversational bots, and more. Plus our favorite reads and some projects to try at home. 

Meet Yann LeCun.

The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research — known as FAIR — is focused on a singular goal: to create computers with intelligence on par with humans.

FAIR is improving computers’ ability to see, hear, and communicate on their own, and the group’s learnings are permeating all of Facebook’s products, from the News Feed to cameras and photo filters. And Facebook is investing, big time.

This is all led by Yann LeCun, a 56-year-old academic who’s once-rejected theories about artificial intelligence are now considered world-class.

While still far from its finish line, the group is making the sort of progress few believed possible just 15 years ago.

Hello Google.

You might have heard… Google’s cloud clients now have full access to its speech recognition software.

The latest software is more accurate, allowing for wider adoption from transcription to voice commands, it’s faster, and works with more file formats. Google is engaged in an arm’s race with Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

But did you know? Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, is now open to developers. The system uses natural language understanding technology and speech recognition to empower developers who want to build their own conversational applications, like chatbots.

What We’re Reading

Things to Try at home

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