This Week In Digital – Week 20, 2019

Deciphering Breast Cancer Heterogeneity Using Machine Learning,Microsoft open-sources key Bing Search search algorithm, Alexa speech normalization AI reduces errors by up to 81%, Amazon Patent Casts Light on Plans to Create Proof-of-Work Blockchain Analog Twitter’s new Developer Labs offers beta access to rebuilt APIs. Here’s your weekly update of This Week In Digital covering all the latest tech developments around the world.

Twitter’s new Developer Labs offers beta access to rebuilt APIs –  Josh Constine, May 14, 2019.

Twitter is finally modernizing its core APIs after seven years of stagnation, and it wants early feedback from developers. That’s why today it’s launching Twitter Developer Labs, which app makers can sign up for to experiment with pre-release beta APIs. First up will be re-engineered versions of GET /Tweets and GET /Users APIs. The first functional changes will come next, including real-time streaming access to the Twitter firehose with the expansion of tweet filtering plus impressions and engagement metrics that were previously only available in its expensive enterprise API tiers.

LinkedIn refresh includes skills assessment tests, new referral tools –  Kyle Wiggers, May 14, 2019.

LinkedIn, which with over 20 million listings is the world’s largest job marketplace, will soon roll out changes aimed at making it easier for recruiters to spot qualified candidates and for job seekers to stand out from the crowd. The company detailed a few of the upcoming improvements — some of which were previewed in February — during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grant winners: ‘You want to be seen as the person you are’ – Suzanne Choney, May 15, 2019.

John Robinson was born without the extensions of his arms or legs. As a child, and an adult, he rejected wearing prostheses. They worked, but they were uncomfortable, and he never felt like himself with them on. And that’s all Robinson really wanted to be, just himself. It’s why he understands the frustrations many other people with disabilities face in trying to get people to see who they really are – especially when it comes to looking for employment.

Microsoft open-sources key Bing Search search algorithm – Kyle Wiggers, May 15, 2019.

Keyword queries make up a diminishing portion of web searches, believe it or not. Thanks to tools like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, computer vision algorithms drive more than their fair share, as do the natural language processing models underpinning intelligent assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. The increasing mix of media is one reason why Microsoft turned to another AI technique — Space Partition Tree And Graph (SPTAG) — to better parse searches.

IBM: Deciphering Breast Cancer Heterogeneity Using Machine Learning – Marianna Rapsomaniki, May 16, 2019.

As per the latest report from the World Health Organization, the global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Of this total, female breast cancer contributes 11.6 percent and is one of the top three cancer types worldwide, followed by lung and colorectal cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with more than 1.7 million new diagnoses each year and half a million cancer-related deaths.

Google’s Live Transcribe is getting sound events and transcription saving – Emil Protalinski, May 16, 2019.

Google today announced new features for its speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe: sound events and transcription saving. The news is being shared today to line up with Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and the update is “coming next month.” Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time captions.

Microsoft makes Google’s BERT NLP model better – Khari  Johnson, May 16, 2019.

Microsoft AI researchers today said they’ve created a Multi-Task Deep Neural Network (MT-DNN) that incorporates Google’s BERT AI to achieve state-of-the-art results. The MT-DNN was able to set new high performance standards in 7 of 9 NLP tasks from the General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) benchmarks.The MT-DNN model, which also uses BERT, was first introduced by Microsoft AI researchers in January and also achieved state-of-the-art performance on several natural language tasks and set new GLUE benchmarks.

Should Alexa Read “2/3” as “Two-Thirds” or “February Third”?: The Science of Text Normalization – Ming Sun, May 16, 2019.

Text normalization is an important process in conversational AI. If an Alexa customer says, “book me a table at 5:00 p.m.”, the automatic speech recognizer will transcribe the time as “five p m”. Before a skill can handle this request, “five p m” will need to be converted to “5:00PM”. Once Alexa has processed the request, it needs to synthesize the response — say, “Is 6:30 p.m. okay?” Here, 6:30PM will be converted to “six thirty p m” for the text-to-speech synthesizer.

LVMH, ConsenSys and Microsoft announce AURA, a consortium to power the luxury industry with blockchain technology – May 16, 2019.

Today, ConsenSys, in partnership with LVMH and Microsoft, announced AURA, a platform that aims to serve the entire luxury industry with powerful product tracking and tracing services, based on Ethereum blockchain technology and utilizing Microsoft Azure. AURA makes it possible for consumers to access the product history and proof of authenticity of luxury goods — from raw materials to the point of sale, all the way to second-hand markets.

Amazon Patent Casts Light on Plans to Create Proof-of-Work Blockchain Analog – William Suberg, May 17, 2019.

Retail behemoth Amazon has received a patent for generating Merkle trees as a solution to the proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm, a document confirmed on May 14. Amazon, which has taken an increasing interest in blockchain technology in recent times, now appears to be targeting development of a specific variation of the instrument. Specifically, the patent targets Merkle trees — a data verification tool — to constitute the work required in a PoW setup.

Ethereum and Microsoft Technology to Power Blockchain Platform for Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Top Luxury Brands – May 18, 2019.

Ethereum development studio ConsenSys and tech giant Microsoft are teaming up with Louis Vuitton SE as technology partners to build blockchain platform AURA. The new platform allows customers to check trace and track the production of luxury goods from raw materials to the point of sale, all the way to second-hand markets. With AURA, customers can learn about a product’s history and verify the authenticity of brands under Louis Vuitton SE, also known as LVMH, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate headquartered in Paris.


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