The future of human interaction with machines

The future of human interaction with machines EMOTIONS MATTER. WE know it intuitively, but our machines don’t. They do not know how we feel; they have no idea as to what we mean, and they are clueless in deciphering if a quickly uttered “have a nice day” actually is genuine. This emotional blind-spot is not due to a lack of trying. As a matter of fact, researchers and computer scientists have been trying for decades to endow machines with these unalienable qualities we humans take for granted. In the past 10 years, there have been great breakthroughs in the area of voice synthesis (now even with human-sounding inflections, e.g. a rising tonality at the end of sentences where appropriate), speech recognition, and text-to-speech. But here too, the focus has been merely on words, as speech recognition is a bit like the reverse of text-to-speech — the computer hears…

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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more over the Internet. In its essence, cloud computing is the idea of taking all the heavy lifting involved in crunching and processing data away from the device you carry around, or sit and work at, and moving that work to huge computer clusters far away in cyberspace. The internet becomes the cloud, and your data, work and applications are available from any device with which you can connect to the internet, anywhere in the world. The rise of cloud-based software has offered companies from all sectors a number of benefits, including the ability to use software from any device, either via a native app or a browser. As a result, users are able to carry over their files and settings to other devices in a completely seamless manner. Cloud computing…

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