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US book publishers sue Audible over AI-powered transcription

Several of the biggest book publishers in the US have launched a new lawsuit against Audible over a feature they say infringes on their copyright. Leading the suit are the so-called “Big Five” of US publishing: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. At the center of the case is the Captions feature the Amazon-owned company announced last…
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Gmail AI will automatically correct your spelling slip-ups

Google Docs’ AI corrections are spreading to Gmail. Google is rolling out a feature in G Suite that will autocorrect “common” spelling errors while you write Gmail messages. It won’t catch every mistake, but it should save you the embarrassment of leaving a glaring typo in a company-wide email. You’ll also see grammar suggestions, too, helping you avoid common…
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YouTube AI thought robot fighting was animal cruelty

In the latest example of the need for further human moderation, YouTube’s automated system took down several videos after mistaking robot fighting matches as animal cruelty. Those affected, including some BattleBots contestants, received a message stating…
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Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an…
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This hip-hugging exosuit uses AI to make walking and running easier

Robotic devices have been used to help people walk or run in rehabilitation settings, but until now, they’ve been tethered and limited to a single action, like walking or running. In a paper published in Science today, a team of researchers explain how they’re going to change that. The researchers — from Harvard University and the University of Nebraska Omaha — have…
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Can an open-source AI take on Amazon and Google?

It’s only been a few years since Amazon unveiled the Alexa-powered Echo, but since then, smart speakers have become a major consumer-electronics category. Key to its success is the notion of the always-on virtual assistant, which other companies like Apple and Google have adopted as well. In fact, not only has Google made Assistant the driving force behind its Android smartphones, it has…
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