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Humanoid robot to become newscaster on Japanese television in 2018 (AI/NewsCasting - 2018-02 - TechRepublic)
A humanoid robot ‘Erica’, designed by roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro to look like a young Japanese woman, will debut as a television newscaster in Japan in 2018. Erica will read news briefings that are put together by humans. Erica has conversational speech capabilities and can determine when someone is asking her a question. Ishiguro said the ultimate goal is to give Erica ‘independent consciousness.’
The Washington Post’s AI reporter has published 850 articles in the past 12 months (AI/Journalism - 2017-09 - Digiday)
The Washington Post started using its homegrown artificial intelligence technology, Heliograf, to spit out around 300 short reports and alerts on the Rio Olympics. It’s since used Heliograf to cover congressional and gubernatorial races on Election Day and D.C.-area high school football games. AP has used AI to automate earnings coverage, while USA Today has used video software to create short videos.
The world’s first 3D-printed book (Additive Manu/Book Publishing - 2017-06 - Canadian Friends of Hebrew University)
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the Einstein Legacy Project is collecting the visions of the 100 greatest innovators, artists, scientists and visionaries of our time in the world’s first 3D-printed book.
An algorithm summarizes lengthy text surprisingly well (AI/News - 2017-05 - MIT Technology Review)
An algorithm developed by researchers at Salesforce shows how computers may eventually take on the job of summarizing documents. It uses several machine-learning tricks to produce surprisingly coherent and accurate snippets of text from longer pieces. And while it isn’t yet as good as a person, it hints at how condensing text could eventually become automated.