Nortek, a diversified industrial company with brands and innovative air management and technology-driven solutions for residential and commercial applications, is acquiring Nuiku, a NLP natural language processing platform that facilitates sophisticated voice control across home automation and other applications. Nuiku was founded by Sean Thomson and Bill Baker in 2012.
Automated Insights (US) announced that its Wordsmith natural language generation (NLG) technology is now available directly within Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Excel and Sheets users can automatically generate customized, actionable text from their data as easily as they might generate charts -- text that provides the kind of insights charts never could.
Twiggle's goal to improve ecommerce by leveraging natural language processing and artificial intelligence means interconnecting bits of information aside from people, places and things so the technology can understand the relationship between words in the next generation of search.
Vermilion Software (software for financial reports) and Narrative Science (US, NLG) are partnering to enable asset management entetprises to automate the writing of commentaries on portfolios and insert it into customer reports.
E.ventures (global investment firm) has announced a new $150M fund targeting early-stage European startups. The firm says it manages more than $1 billion and has some notable names in its portfolio, including App Annie, Sonos, Groupon, Azimo, and Delicious.
Two Sigma has just hosted its annual AI competition. One application uses NLP to analyze the Fed minutes, such as those set for release Wednesday afternoon. This app can rapidly translate those minutes into relatively objective data."
GoButler (US) is shuttering the GoButler consumer-facing service altogether in favour of offering natural language processing technology to third-parties. Angel.ai is based on the same NLP technology that previously powered GoButler’s “fully-automated” flight search and discovery, and will enable commerce companies to build ‘conversational’ user interfaces, such as Facebook Messenger chat bots, or other kinds of natural language search.
Internally, Google combines its natural-language system with a database of semantic information called the Knowledge Graph. This allows it to recognize particular objects, people, places, and other concepts and respond accordingly. The system is also often able to correctly classify new words by comparing them with other words that appear in a similar context. So far, the technology works for 15 languages.
NLG offers dramatic improvement over authoring options by turning product data into reader- and SEO-friendly narratives. NLG can make every product page unique and describe merchandise using whatever tone and style the merchant prefers. The resulting narratives take far less time than manual writing, cost far less than paying outside writers, and provide more SEO benefits than simply relying on pre-existing manufacturer copy.
A new priority program funded by the German Research Foundation is working on a search engine for arguments. These technical systems will be designed to analyze, for instance, how groups such as PEGIDA, the far right, anti-Islamic movement, or anti-globalization activists, argue in online discussions.
Piksel (UK, online video businesses) has acquired Lingospot to augment Piksel’s know-how in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for video. The acquisition adds Lingospot’s metadata extraction services to the Piksel Palette™ to deliver intuitive search, recommendations, and discovery.
Expert System (multilingual cognitive computing technology) is to partner with MarkLogic Corporation (US Enterprise NoSQL database provider). The integration of Expert System's Cogito multilingual cognitive software will enable MarkLogic® database users to add cognitive capabilities to their information applications.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global standards organization that develops the foundational technologies for the Web, has published new global guidelines, TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0 IMSC1 Recommendation, that will improve accessibility and make it easier and less expensive for distributors of online video content to deliver subtitles and closed captions worldwide.
Wordbee has announced several new hires, with the aim of accelerating and improving its Wordbee Translator Platform, manage the User Community and provide Consulting and Pre-sales services. The latest hiring surge at Wordbee comes after a year of strong growth to its Wordbee Translator client base, as well as demand for the Wordbee Beebox on an international scale.
“Our statistical model can be used to answer scientific questions about languages over time, not only to make inferences about the past, but also to extrapolate how language might change in the future,” says Tom Griffiths, associate professor of psychology, director of the Computational Cognitive Science Lab, and another co-author of the paper. The discovery helps makes sense of big data and uses new technology to document and maintain endangered languages as critical resources for preserving cultures and knowledge. For example, researchers plan to use the same computational model to reconstruct indigenous North American proto-languages.
Portrait of Arria (UK, NLG): “It’s revolutionary in the simplest and most fundamental way. It’s not a self-driving car, it’s not a space robot, it’s not a new kind of battery. It’s so fundamental and natural. We’re giving the Internet a voice, where the Internet can speak to you, generate its own language in real time and not rely on people writing things and storing things for it to reproduce at the right time.
Syllabs and Arria are two leading EU NLG companies
Each episode of Chelsea is taped 34 hours before it is released simultaneously to an audience in 190 countries around the world. Because of the tight turnaround, Netflix’s linguists only have 12 hours to translate the show into the 20 languages it will run in.
"Mit dem neuen Textkraft Professional liefern wir das erste umfassende, mobile Produktionsstudio für Self-Publisher aus", sagt Marcel Uetzels, Gründer der infovole GmbH. "Von der ersten Texterfassung, über die Korrektur und das Schleifen des Textes, bis hin zur Veröffentlichung als E-Book hat Textkraft nun alle Funktionen an Bord, um auf einem iPad genauso produktiv zu arbeiten, wie es bisher nur auf einem Laptop möglich war."
Even NASA clearly understands the importance of typography — they have a whole report about it. It’s called “On the Typography of Flight-Deck Documentation.” In it, NASA scientist Asaf Degani notes, “Although flight-deck documentation are an important (and sometimes critical) form of display in the modern cockpit, there is a dearth of information on how to effectively design these displays.”
With their Elvees Image Semantic Engine (Elise), Russian ASIC expert company Elvees and UK-based chip IP provider Imagination Technologies are about to create an SoC platform for a wide range of video analytics. The first version has been taped out now, opening up the perspective for powerful video processing in a very small form factor.
Lex Machina (US) tracks the activities of lawyers and judges using NLP to analyze court documents and figure out things like how a particular judge tends to rule on particular types of cases. It can also ferret out types of cases, such as patent or trademark, the specific IP a claim asserts, and all the attorneys involved.
So far only in the US? Multilingual legal processing will inevitably become an EU obligation.
Stepes (mobile translation) has launched the beta of Stepes Translate (live human translation platform) using Google Translate and Bing Translator. This delivers instant quality "human" translations to their smartphone or desktop PC anywhere any time.
Clever marketing for the mobile age. Surely most translators run their texts through a free online service to gain time and 30 to 40% useful suggestions.
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