How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian

With voice recognition software being used in household products, Dr Hannah Fry explores how it works – and what the future might bring.

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Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition | Technology | The Guardian

The retail giant has a threatening lead over its rival with the Echo and Alexa, as questions remain over how the search engine can turn voice technology into revenue

Fuente: Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition | Technology | The Guardian


Las ciudades inteligentes y el problema de la vigilancia | Derechos Digitales

Las tecnologías inteligentes apuntan a mejorar las condiciones de vida en las ciudades. Sin embargo, son también capaces de poner en entredicho nuestra privacidad. ¿Cuál es el límite de lo smart?

Fuente: Las ciudades inteligentes y el problema de la vigilancia | Derechos Digitales


La era cognitiva de Watson: La frontera con las máquinas que la humanidad ya cruzó – El Mostrador

Atrás quedaron las máquinas que controlaban el mundo en la ciencia ficción. En la época de la big data, las computadoras pensantes ya no forman parte de una visión de futuro. Hoy, en la era de la informática cognitiva, las máquinas ya no se programan, aprenden y se comunican con los seres humanos. En un hecho inédito, próximamente El Mostrador emitirá por TV la primera entrevista en Chile a una máquina de inteligencia aritificial.

Fuente: La era cognitiva de Watson: La frontera con las máquinas que la humanidad ya cruzó – El Mostrador


How old do you look? I wouldn’t ask the internet | Tim Dowling | Opinion | The Guardian

The how-old.net website – which uses photos to judge your age – didn’t work for me. For women and refugees, of course, there’s the Daily Mail

Fuente: How old do you look? I wouldn’t ask the internet | Tim Dowling | Opinion | The Guardian


The algorithms using data to suggest your next purchase – FT.com

Recommendation engines help Amazon to suggest books you might like, Linked­In to flag up jobs you could apply for and Facebook to suggest friends to contact. They also make proposals for the 125m hours of films and television that users of online streaming service Netflix watch every day.

Fuente: The algorithms using data to suggest your next purchase – FT.com


Microsoft Pitches Technology That Can Read Facial Expressions at Political Rallies

On the 21st floor of a high-rise hotel in Cleveland, in a room full of political operatives, Microsoft’s Research Division was advertising a technology that could read each facial expression in a massive crowd, analyze the emotions, and report back in real time. “You could use this at a Trump rally,” a sales representative told me.

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Vinton Cerf: Internet será sustituido por algo más barato y rápido

“Con el Internet de las cosas los dispositivos conectados pueden ser programados para hacer cosas malas sin que nos demos cuenta” ha alertado el actual vicepresidente de Google, quien además ha transmitido su preocupación por el estado de la neutralidad de red y sus planes de conectar un red interplanetaria que mejore las comunicaciones en la Tierra.

Fuente: Vinton Cerf: Internet será sustituido por algo más barato y rápido


Realidad virtual: de anécdota a realidad – El Mostrador

“Habrá un momento en que, a nivel general, todos habremos entendido el valor concreto de la realidad virtual, y lo que hoy vemos como una experiencia casi lúdica a través de imágenes de esparcimiento, luego sabrá ser entendido como una herramienta de desarrollo y aprendizaje”.

Fuente: Realidad virtual: de anécdota a realidad – El Mostrador


Virtual reality porn is coming but will mainstream success follow? | Technology | The Guardian

Pornographic content could be as instrumental in the VR wars as it was in the VHS age – or it could be a sideshow for weirdos

Fuente: Virtual reality porn is coming but will mainstream success follow? | Technology | The Guardian


Google hires leading quantum computing expert – FT.com

Google hires leading quantum computing expert – FT.com.

Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team – one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics.

Google has hired one of the world’s leading quantum computing researchers as it ramps up efforts to develop artificial intelligence and vastly increase the processing power of computers.

Physicist John Martinis and his team at the University of California Santa Barbara will join Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, a collaborative project between the technology group, Nasa and the Universities Space Research Association, a non-profit organisation that studies space. The team will form part of an effort “to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics”, said Hartmut Neven, Google’s director of engineering, in a blog post.

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It is the latest sign of Google’s bet on the rise of “smart machines”, which it is developing along with a host of experimental projects from drones to self-driving cars.

In January, Google paid £400m for UK start-up DeepMind, whose brain-like “neural network” algorithms can be set loose on huge data-sets and learn in a similar way to the human mind. Its technology is particularly good at calculations based on pattern recognition, such as image searching or looking for the cheapest or best route to a destination.

Google is already working with Nasa to develop applications on a D-Wave quantum computer, the only quantum device that is commercially available, although there is dispute as to the extent to which it is a genuinely “quantum” device.

Developing such technology could help run the sophisticated algorithms that would be required to develop “intelligent” machines, experts say.

Mr Martinis explained the potential reach of quantum technology in a presentation to Google last October. “It’s a physics nightmare . . . We’ve been going at it for 20 years,” he admitted.

Although his team has not yet built a full computer, they have shown how it is theoretically possible to use electrons’ unique ability to exist in two atomic states to vastly increase computing power, because it allows multiple calculations to be run through the system at the same time.

Anders Sandberg, a computational neuroscientist at Oxford university’s Future of Humanity Institute, said quantum technology is likely to be useful for running sophisticated search algorithms for unordered data. Much of what is on the web falls into this category and more is likely to be produced by the rise of connected devices and the “internet of things”.

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“The interesting thing about quantum superpositions is that you cannot just do several things at once, but you can tease out patterns in clever ways,” he said. “[Quantum computing] is very cutting edge and we don’t know if it’s going to work out – but there are tantalising hints that it could.

“A lot of artificial intelligence is about searching for patterns and connecting stuff,” he added. “Our brains are using really slow neurons, but using them really well because they’re running in parallel.”

For example, Prof Martinis has said it would take a bank of computers the size of North America running for 10 years and consuming the earth’s entire store of energy every day to figure out all the prime numbers contained in a 2,000-long sequence of binary code. A quantum computer the size of a lecture theatre could do the same calculation in a day.

Mr Sandberg said factoring numbers can be useful for encryption and code-breaking by governments.

But while versions of quantum computers appear to be capable of doing specific, focused applications fast, making them versatile has been a challenge.

“The fact you can have big arguments about whether [the D-Wave] is a quantum computer shows it’s early days,” Mr Sandberg said.

 


La agencia Associated Press sustituirá periodistas por robots | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

La agencia Associated Press sustituirá periodistas por robots | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

Las máquinas se encargarán de noticias automáticas como ofrecer los resultados de las empresas

 

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La agencia de noticias Associated Press (AP) anunció que este mismo mes automatizará la mayoría de las historias que produce sobre los resultados trimestrales de las empresas, que dejarán
de escribir reporteros y generarán máquinas.

El vicepresidente y director gerente de AP, Lou Ferrara, indicó en un comunicado en la página web de la compañía que la decisión dejará más tiempo libre a los periodistas para cultivar sus fuentes y cubrir temas en profundidad, al tiempo que multiplicará por más de diez el volumen
de información sobre resultados corporativos. “Como todas las compañías de medios, AP está revisando constantemente qué contenido necesita ofrecer a sus clientes y cuál es el mejor uso de sus reporteros”, afirmó Ferrara.

El directivo de la mayor agencia de noticias estadounidense destacó que “durante muchos años” los periodistas de AP han dedicado una gran cantidad de tiempo a generar información sobre los resultados de las empresas, con un volumen que ronda las 300 notas por trimestre.

Pero AP descubrió recientemente, según relató Ferrara, que tecnología de la empresa Automated Insights combinada con datos de la firma Zacks Investment Research permiten generar historias cortas, de entre 150 y 300 palabras, automáticamente en aproximadamente el mismo tiempo que necesitan los periodistas.

“Y en lugar de generar 300 historias manualmente, podemos ofrecer alrededor de 4.400 automáticamente” cada trimestre, dijo el vicepresidente de AP, quien cree que la automatización será parte de muchas industrias, incluida la de medios de comunicación.