Queensland-based Yugambeh Museum has worked with Google Arts and Culture to develop an open-source, artificial intelligence-based digital language tool called Woolaroo aimed to teach and preserve endangered languages. Built using Cloud Vision, the tool uses machine learning and image recognition to translate photos of objects into indigenous languages in real time. If multiple objects are detected in a photo, users can scroll through and select the translation based on each object. "Given the importance of Aboriginal language to Australian culture, we have the incentive to record the known but in particular new words our community members are using as the world evolves bringing us new technology we didn't have before," Yugambeh Museum CEO Rory O'Connor wrote in a blog post . In addition to being able to translate, Woolaroo has also been designed to encourage individuals and communities to contribute new words and audio recordings to help with pronunciation. "Crucial to … [Read more...] about Google introduces Woolaroo AI translation app to preserve endangered languages
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Apple has formally changed the name of its desktop operating system, moving from OS X to macOS with its latest release, Sierra. macOS Sierra features a major focus on Continuity, iCloud , and Mac experiences. One of the key new features with Sierra is Auto-lock, which allows you to automatically unlock your macOS computer if your Apple Watch is on your wrist. There's also the new universal clipboard, a shared clipboard between macOS and iOS that allows you to easily share text, images, and video between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Siri will also be coming to Mac desktops for the first time, and Safari will get picture-in-picture support. There are also changes coming to iCloud Drive . Your desktop folder and files will now be visible on other Macs and iOS devices. macOS will optimize storage in concert with iCloud Drive, moving your older documents from your hard drive to the cloud. This includes full-resolution photos and movies. It will also automatically delete your trash, … [Read more...] about Goodbye OS X: Apple introduces macOS Sierra
For the moment, former President Donald Trump won't regain access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts, which the world's largest social network suspended in January after the deadly US Capitol Hill riot. In its most high-profile case, a semi-independent oversight board set up by the company and tasked with reviewing Facebook's toughest content decisions upheld Facebook's decision to suspend Trump from the platform. But it told CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team to review the length of the suspension, which was imposed because of concerns that his online remarks could incite further violence after the rioting and violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Stay in the know Get the latest tech stories with CNET Daily News every weekday. "It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension," the board said in its decision, released Wednesday . "The Board insists that Facebook review this matter to determine and … [Read more...] about Trump will remain suspended from Facebook, Instagram for now
advertisement advertisement advertisement You may not recognize the term dark patterns , but you’ve probably seen enough manipulative interfaces to get the idea. A user experience in a site, app, or gadget is constructed to herd customers into following a company’s dictates, even if those will cost people their money or data. Now one of Washington’s consumer regulators is asking how the public sector could address this private-sector plague. advertisement advertisement At the Federal Trade Commission’s “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light” online workshop April 29, speakers uniformly denounced these deceptive interfaces in apps, services, and sites. “We increasingly see companies using dark patterns to manipulate consumers into giving up their data,” acting FTC Chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter said as she opened the online event. But it was not so clear what the feds should do next, and if any steps would require new legislation … [Read more...] about Can the FTC stop the tech industry’s use of ‘dark patterns’?
In 2019, the U.S. Postal Service had a need to identify and track items in its torrent of more than 100 million pieces of daily mail. A USPS AI architect had an idea. Ryan Simpson wanted to expand an image analysis system a postal team was developing into something much broader that could tackle this needle-in-a-haystack problem. With edge AI servers strategically located at its processing centers, he believed USPS could analyze the billions of images each center generated. The resulting insights, expressed in a few key data points, could be shared quickly over the network. The data scientist, half a dozen architects at NVIDIA and others designed the deep-learning models needed in a three-week sprint that felt like one long hackathon. The work was the genesis of the Edge Computing Infrastructure Program (ECIP, pronounced EE-sip), a distributed edge AI system that’s up and running on the NVIDIA EGX platform at USPS today. An AI Platform at the Edge It turns out edge AI is … [Read more...] about Sharpening Its Edge: U.S. Postal Service Opens AI Apps on Edge Network