Book: Cognitive Approach to Natural Language Processing

Book title: Cognitive Approach to Natural Language Processing
Authors: Bernadette Sharp, Florence Sedes and Wieslaw Lubaszewski

As natural language processing spans many different disciplines, it is sometimes difficult to understand the contributions and the challenges that each of them presents.

This book explores the special relationship between natural language processing and cognitive science, and the contribution of computer science to these two fields.

It is based on the recent research papers submitted at the international workshops of Natural Language and Cognitive Science which was launched in 2004 in an effort to bring together natural language researchers, computer scientists, and cognitive and linguistic scientists to collaborate together and advance research in natural language processing.

The chapters cover areas related to language understanding, language generation, word association, word sense disambiguation, word predictability, text production and authorship attribution.

This book will be relevant to students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary nature of language processing.

Apple developing processor especially for AI

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Apple is developing a processor specially for artificial intelligence applications, according to a report on Bloomberg

The maker of iPhones, iPads and a number of other computing devices and machines is said to refer to the chip internally as the “Apple Neural Engine”.

Bloomberg, which says its source requested anonymity, adds that the AI-dedicated chip will be used for facial recognition, speech processing and other tasks which require the processing of large amounts of data.  Continue reading Apple developing processor especially for AI

HIT Robot Group unveils intelligently-controlled automatic jade production line

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HIT Robot Group, which claims to be China’s leading robotics developer and manufacturer, has launched a configurable and flexible automatic production line for high-precision jade processing.

This company says the intelligent production line exemplifies “a revolutionary transformation in design concept” from centralized control to enhanced decentralized control, which leads to scalable customization, greater flexibility for users, and therefore rapid response to market.

HRG says it has channelled its expertise in intelligent processing management into the new production line to achieve productivity and flexibility.  Continue reading HIT Robot Group unveils intelligently-controlled automatic jade production line

Beyond Moore’s Law: Human-plus-machine computing

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By Adam Devine, vice president of marketing, WorkFusion

How do we move forward in a world where Moore’s Law no longer holds true? For five decades, Gordon Moore’s famous prediction about processing power doubling about every two years held firm.

It was a reliable sort of constant as innovators continued to increase the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits.

But all good things must come to an end, and Moore’s Law has been confounded by another, more immutable law: physics.  Continue reading Beyond Moore’s Law: Human-plus-machine computing

Small potatoes: A closer look at chips

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One of the issues with analysing the chip market, as with some others, is that the products are complex and have a huge array of applications. This often makes it difficult to compare one chip with another. 

Moreover, some people might not know the difference between a micro-processor and a micro-controller, or what a semiconductor is… and where microchips fit into all this.

So here’s an attempt at an explanation. Continue reading Small potatoes: A closer look at chips

Denso invests in deep learning and vision processing startup Thinci

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Robotics and automation giant Denso says it’s become the lead investor in Thinci

Denso says its investment in startup will help accelerate next-generation automotive technology, using innovative deep learning and vision processing silicon and software. 

The company adds that its investment will lead to advancements in driver assistance and autonomous driving, improve the efficiency of thermal systems, and optimize the productivity of the vehicle’s powertrain.

Tony Cannestra, Denso International America’s director of corporate ventures, says: “Denso has been researching new developments in the area of computer vision processing. We strongly believe that Thinci’s technology will soon become a key component of next generation autonomous driving systems that require advanced computing techniques combined with deep learning capabilities.  Continue reading Denso invests in deep learning and vision processing startup Thinci

Optical character recognition drives: Automation of auditing for lean efficiencies and accuracy

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By Thomas R. Cutler

The technology driving the most significant transformation of audits over the next three years is unquestionably Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Too often the thought of automation has been relegated to the manufacturing plant floor or materials handling in a distribution center.

Yet as small businesses represent the largest segment of private lending (more than 90 per cent of the funds by third party lenders), the new form of automation, artificial intelligence and big data is fast-growing and significant.

There are now many viable options on the OCR market, including: PerfectAudit by Ocrolus, SodaPDF, Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader, and Readiris; pros and cons to each technology, yet only PerfectAudit is the only OCR application custom built for identifying aberrancies and trends during financial reviews, yet flexible enough to be utilized by anyone reviewing bank and credit card statements.

Many industries can add tremendous efficiency by translating paper documents to intelligent data.  Continue reading Optical character recognition drives: Automation of auditing for lean efficiencies and accuracy

The growing power of robots in today’s economy and society

MCU Field Robotics Centre’s Dante robot
MCU Field Robotics Centre’s Dante robot

As robots are fast becoming our co-workers, we take a look at when and where this alliance began. By James Hall, CEO of Genfour

The first autonomous robots joined the workforce at a General Motors plant in 1961, where they performed tasks like welding car bodies together.

In the decades that followed, robots performed an increasing share of industrial factory work, but always alone – their inventors, George Deyol and Joseph Engelberger, deemed them too dangerous to work around people.  Continue reading The growing power of robots in today’s economy and society

SS&C automates processes to manage its clients’ $1 trillion of assets

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Picture courtesy rentvine.com

SS&C Technologies, a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, has automated agent notices processing within SS&C Bank Loan Services.

The company says the new agent notices process streamlines the labor intensive and opaque processes that currently exist in today’s workflows.

Replaced with a fully automated process, managers can provide transparency through an easy-to-access client portal to store and process documentation related to bank loan holdings.  Continue reading SS&C automates processes to manage its clients’ $1 trillion of assets