Facebook is working on a rival to Amazons Alexa

first_img Share your voice Smart Speakers & Displays Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: 0 Facebook Portal aims to take Messenger video chat up… Facebook is working on its own voice assistant. CNET Facebook is working on a voice assistant that could be used in its Portal video chat device.”We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. The social network would face stiff competition from tech giants that already have voice assistants, like Amazon, Google and Apple. CNBC, citing several people familiar with the matter, said Facebook has been working on the new voice assistant since early 2018 but it’s “unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant.” Facebook’s Portal currently taps into Amazon’s Alexa. Facebook employees in Redmond, Washington, led by Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant, are reportedly leading the effort to build a new AI assistant.This isn’t the first time Facebook has tried to build a virtual assistant. Last year, the company shut down a chat assistant called M that was used in Facebook’s messaging app.  2:54 Post a comment Tags Facebook Originally published April 17, 11:54 a.m. PT.Update, 12:49 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook comment. last_img read more

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Quader castigates BNP for complaining to foreigners

first_imgBangladesh Awami general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said BNP has nothing other than complaining to foreigners after its failure in both the election and its movement, reports UNB.He also described the remarks of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir over the national election as ‘delirium of a failed politician’.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters before a joint meeting of Awami League presidium members and the party’s different associate bodies at its Bangabandhu Avenue office.”They (BNP) couldn’t wage a movement over the last 10 years. We thank them as they joined the national election. But they utterly failed in the election, too,” he said.Quader further said, “What can be their (BNP’s) resort now as they have failed in its movement and the election? Now they’re complaining to foreigners and it’s their old habit.”He said the Awami League was more united during the 11th parliamentary election than in the past. “We achieved a massive victory as we could show a stronger unity through excellent coordination under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.”The Awami League general secretary said their president Sheikh Hasina’s strong stance against evil and communal forces also helped the party get an unforgettable victory in the election.The minister said their party will celebrate the victory through a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 19 January.At the beginning of the meeting, one minute silence was observed paying homage to party former secretary general Syed Ashraful Islam.Four days after being elected an MP of the 11th parliament, Awami League presidium member and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam died of lung cancer at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday night at the age of 67.last_img read more

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Email use model appears to follow Clash of Civilizations prediction

first_img Citation: E-mail use model appears to follow “Clash of Civilizations” prediction (2013, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-e-mail-clash-civilizations.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at Stanford University have built a model based on the frequency of e-mail interactions between groups of users of Yahoo! e-mail throughout the world. In studying their results, they have found, as they report in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, it appears to adhere to societal boundaries as described by Samuel Huntington’s 1992 book “The Clash of Civilizations.” The Mesh of Civilizations. Source: Yahoo! email dataset. Rescaled densities. Only top 1,000 densities displayed. Credit: arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045 Journal information: arXiv Yahoo tries to entice users with e-mail facelift More information: The Mesh of Civilizations and International Email Flows, arXiv:1303.0045 [cs.SI] arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045AbstractIn The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington argued that the primary axis of global conflict was no longer ideological or economic but cultural and religious, and that this division would characterize the “battle lines of the future.” In contrast to the “top down” approach in previous research focused on the relations among nation states, we focused on the flows of interpersonal communication as a bottom-up view of international alignments. To that end, we mapped the locations of the world’s countries in global email networks to see if we could detect cultural fault lines. Using IP-geolocation on a worldwide anonymized dataset obtained from a large Internet company, we constructed a global email network. In computing email flows we employ a novel rescaling procedure to account for differences due to uneven adoption of a particular Internet service across the world. Our analysis shows that email flows are consistent with Huntington’s thesis. In addition to location in Huntington’s “civilizations,” our results also attest to the importance of both cultural and economic factors in the patterning of inter-country communication ties.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Huntington famously suggested in his book that future wars would revolve around cultural and religious differences and even offered a list of groups of people in them: Sinic, Hindu, Islamic, Latin American, Western, Orthodox, African and Buddhist.The researchers at Stanford, led by Bogdan State, didn’t set out to create a model that would reflect Huntington’s vision, but instead found it came about on its own after the data was compiled and graphed. Their model is based on over ten million e-mail messages sent from Yahoo! users the world over. To show the degree of interaction between groups, the team used nodes and lines between them—the more transactions between groups, the closer they appear together on the model. They also carefully note that only Yahoo! users that agreed to have their data used in the study were included. To form geographic areas, the team compared IP numbers attached to messages with the location noted in a user’s profile, using only those that coincided.The resulting color-coded graphic model offers near instant visual clues regarding groups bound together by culture and perhaps religion. Perhaps more importantly it also shows boundaries, which State and his team claim, resemble the model first proposed by Huntington. Western nodes are clustered to form a single group with just a few outliers, for example, as are others such as those deemed Islamic, or South American.The model doesn’t hint at tensions between groups of course, but does seem to indicate that groups tend to communicate more via e-mail with others in their same group than they do with others from other groups, even if they share a physical border. Other patterns that show up indicate what would seem natural—that people who speak the same language tend to send more e-mails to each other than to people who don’t. People in Great Britain for example, appear to send more e-mails to people in Australia than to people in other, much closer, European countries. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Worldclass autism care township to be set up in Bengal says CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, said that a world-class autism township will be set up soon to provide training to autistic children and adults.In a tweet, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township will be coming up near Kolkata where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis comes as a significant announcement for autistic children in the city, as they would get various facilities at the proposed township. The township will be built as a one-of-its-kind initiative by the Bengal government in association with a private firm, on a 52 acre plot at Sirakol in South 24-Parganas at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. It can be mentioned that the project was first announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities at this township. The township will also have provisions for training teachers who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. The main purpose of the township is to provide holistic development of those suffering from autism. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day which falls on April 2 every year and aims to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through various programmes. According to a senior state government official, the township will be the first of its kind, not only in the country but also in the world. There will be facilities for accommodating 350 residents, apart from a daycare centre having a capacity of accommodating over 200 children and adolescents. A guest house will also be set up, where parents of those receiving training can stay for a few days. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has started introducing units for autistic children at various government-run hospitals. Among other medical colleges and hospitals in the state, the NRS Medical College and Hospital runs a unique autistic care centre, where a large number of patients from across the state visit.last_img read more

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