On December 5th Alibaba, Ant Financial, and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group jointly launched a new voice interaction system for purchasing subway tickets. Riders can now tell a machine their destination — for example, Zhongshan Park — and the system will use the AutoNavi cloud map to issue a ticket for the nearest station.
Nature will publish the first issue of Machine Intelligence in January 2019. The new journal will cover the “best research from across the field of artificial intelligence,” ranging from machine learning, robotics and human-machine interactions to ethical, legal and societal dimensions of AI.
Google and Amazon unveiled mini-sized smart speakers Google Home Mini Chalk and Amazon Echo Dot 2, both priced at less than US$50. Virtual assistants can plug into your environment with a natural human-machine voice interface that used to exist only science fiction.