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AI Biweekly: Smarter Responses from Amazon and Google; Innovations in Robotics

In the past two weeks, news related to the field of human-computer interaction and voice interaction has been focused on technology giants Amazon and Google. Amazon upgraded its Fire TV Cube and the Amazon Music system, which enhances the diversity of voice interactions.

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Ying Shan – Analyst, Global Industry

Smarter responses from Amazon and Google

This allows users to interact more extensively with the system through voice, while optimizing the logic of conversations and casual verbal replies to provide users a more natural dialogue experience. Google also made targeted optimizations in conversational experiences and response content. For example Google Assistant will now be able to recognize whether users are speaking to it in a polite tone of voice and respond accordingly. Integrating advanced voice interaction capabilities into users’ everyday lives continues to be a focus in Amazon and Google’s product development.

December 6 – Amazon Crowdsourcing Alexa’s Answers To Tough Questions

November 29 – Google Assistant Is Nicer If You Say ‘Please’ And ‘Thank you’


Rirou Xiong – Analyst, Global Industry

Intelligent Automation: The Innovation of Robots

Using robots to reduce labor costs is a solid ongoing trend — especially in e-commerce, logistics and other companies that need to process large quantities of goods. Berkshire Grey has launched three robots for picking, packaging and sorting in the retail and logistics industries; while embedded platform provider EFCO has introduced visual recognition solutions to help reduce losses caused by robot identification errors.

Shenzhen-based Dorabot and Japan’s Yaskawa Electric have developed an intelligent robot for logistics packaging. Through a camera mounted on its arm, the robot reads product labels to choose the best picking method based on the shape and material of the object, and its correct shipping container. An increasing number of AI startups are now focusing on a single market segment/solution, but their maturity and application scope remain below expectations. Cost is also a problem, as large initial investments are generally required.

December 6 – Berkshire Grey Enters Pittsburgh AI and Robotics Market

December 3 – EFCO Announces the First Industrial Embedded Vision System with Artificial Intelligence Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance via the New EKit Software Package

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December 6 – Google Fund Pours $7M Into Cambridge ‘AI for Logistics’ Startup

December 5 – Waymo Launches a Commercial Self-Driving Car Service in Metro Phoenix

December 5 – Battery Energy Storage System Uses Artificial Intelligence to Lower Energy Bills and Provide Utility Grid Services

December 5 – FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Status to Healthcare AI Software Developed by Bayer and Merck.

December 5 – Workato Unveils AI-enhanced Automation Editions to Meet the Enterprise Need for Speed

December 4 – Rolls-Royce Partners with AI Software Maker to Predict Engine Performance

December 4 – JD Announces IoT Platform Jingyuzuo

  • JD has announced a new AI+IoT platform, Jingyuzuo. It integrates with JD’s existing IoT platform Alpha and aims to provide end-to-end solutions.
  • On the software side, Jingyuzuo includes JD’s smart assistant as well as its big data and artificial intelligence technology. On the hardware side, it includes in-house products and smart devices from partners.
  • JD also announced a partnership with Huawei to integrate its IoT platform with the Huawei HiLink platform. The partnership includes cooperative R&D efforts in AI and IoT.

December 2 – iQIYI Unveils World’s First Virtual AI Sign Language Interpreter

November 29 – Innova Row Crop Challenge Final Four Startups

November 28 – Amazon Textract Brings Intelligence To OCR

  • Amazon announced the Amazon Textract, an optical character recognition tool that automatically extracts text and data from scanned documents.
  • Amazon Textract is able to identify the contents of fields in forms and information stored in tables.
  • It is designed to recognize common page elements and get the data intelligently.
  • Amazon Textract understands common data types like Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses.

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