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It only takes a few gene tweaks to make a human voice
We got talking, thanks to epigeneticsKenneth Hope/Millennium ImagesBy Andy CoghlanHow and when did we first become able to speak? A new analysis of our DNA reveals key evolutionary changes that reshaped...
The latest challenge to Google's AI dominance comes from an unlikely place: Firefox
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox internet browser, has begun testing a feature that lets you enter a search query using your voice instead of typing it in. The move could help Mozilla's efforts...
Germany passes controversial law to fine Facebook over hate speech
German lawmakers have passed a controversial law under which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for failing to remove hate speech....
Research examines hate speech from 4chan
Gianluca Stringhini's team, which is based at University College London, has published two papers exploring how hate speech and fake news are spread around the internet.In an interview with the Nature...
EU: Social Media Firms Have Increased Removals of Online Hate Speech
Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to pressure from the European Union...
Budgerigars can identify spoken sounds without prior exposure to human speech
The debate over speech perception is unresolved, with some evidence supporting a speech-specific mechanism and other evidence supporting a general auditory mechanism. The latter case holds that, in the...
Mark Zuckerberg cries while telling story about student afraid of being deported
Mark Zuckerberg grew emotional Thursday while recounting a conversation with a high school student who was also an undocumented immigrant in a speech to Harvard grads. Near the end of his speech, Zuckerberg's...
Court orders Facebook to remove hate speech
It followed abuse its leader received from trolls on the site, and was filed against Facebook's Irish company.Eva Glawischnig, who has been the federal spokesperson for the Green Party since 2008, had...
What's coming next? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech
A new study has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech. Their research reveals how individual neurons coordinate with neural populations to anticipate events, a process...
Germany Threatens Social Media Companies with Massive ‘Hate Speech’ Fines
Germany has threatened to slap social media companies with huge fines if they do not act quickly enough to remove “hate speech” from their websites. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved...
How free speech can become censorship – and how to solve it
Ease of communication doesn’t guarantee illuminating debateMorsa Images/Getty“The remedy is more speech, not enforced silence,” wrote US Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis in 1927 in his defence of...
Facebook, Twitter could face fines in Germany over hate speech
BERLIN — Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete...
Microsoft's Custom Speech Service Added to Cognitive Services Toolkit
Microsoft adds the new Custom Speech Service to its collection of Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning tools to help developers build cognitive speech recognition applications. Microsoft today...
Algorithms crunch calls to health insurer for signs of disease
Could your voice give away details of your health?Letizia Le Fur/GettyBy Matt ReynoldsDid your voice give it away? US start-up Canary Speech is developing deep-learning algorithms to detect if people...
Baboon vocalizations contain five vowel-like sounds comparable to those of human speech
An acoustical analysis of the grunts, barks, wahoos, copulation calls, and yaks from baboons shows that, like people who use several vowels during speech, these nonhuman primates make five distinct vowel-like...
Baboon grunts may hold secrets to ancient human speech
PARIS — Baboon grunts and mating calls may hold secrets about human speech, according to a new study suggesting that the origins of human language could reach back as much as 25 million years.The barks,...
Tech giants not acting fast enough on hate speech, E.U. charges
Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are not acting quickly enough to tackle hate speech, according to the European Commission, which has told the companies to get their act together.If the Silicon...
EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants including Facebook , Twitter , Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European...
Facebook runs up against German hate-speech laws
BERLIN — Yorai Feinberg was going about his daily routine this month when his social media feeds and cell phone began lighting up. The social media post listed the names — and addresses — of local Jewish...
Speech synthesiser translates mouth movements into robot speech
Can you understand me?Steve Read/The Image Bank/GettyBy Sam WongVocoders just got a serious upgrade. A new speech synthesiser can translate mouth movements directly into intelligible speech, completely...
AppNexus bans Breitbart from ad network, citing hate speech
(Reuters) - Breitbart News, the outlet once led by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist, has been blocked by one of the largest advertising networks serving digital publishers due to hate...
Twitter users say #ImStillWithHer after Clinton concedes
At about noon on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton made her concession speech before supporters in New York City, following Donald Trump’s stunning election victory. “Please never stop believing that fighting...
Melania Trump picks her cause if she’s First Lady: Cyberbullying
Enlarge / Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaks to supporters in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Alex Wong/Getty Images reader comments 34 Share this story Campaign 2016 Clinton...
Microsoft's latest breakthrough can understand speech as well as a human
Microsoft announced today that it cracked the code on voice recognition, claiming its new system can recognize spoken words as accurately as if you'd heard it yourself.Engineers at Microsoft Artificial...
Microsoft reaches "human parity" in speech recognition
Artificial intelligence just keeps getting smarter and smarter. Now Microsoft researchers say they’ve developed speech recognition technology that can grasp a human conversation as well as people do. The...
Coming Tuesday: Liveblog of Elon Musk’s big Mars reveal
Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks during the StartmeupHK Venture Forum in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 0 Share this story Attention, fellow...
Google’s DeepMind project reports text-to-speech breakthrough
British company DeepMind, which Google acquired for about $533 million in 2014, developed an artificial intelligence called WaveNet that can mimic human speech by learning how to form the individual sound...
BuzzFeed Profile Calls Out Twitter for Protecting Hate Speech
NEWS ANALYSIS: A BuzzFeed profile has very publicly called out Twitter for refusing to rein in abusive and threatening language purely in the name of free speech. An extensive BuzzFeed profile puts the...
Did Melania Rickroll the Republicans?
Melania Trump has been accused of copying Michelle Obama in her Republican convention speech. Melania Trump, left, has been accused of plagiarising a 2008 speech given by Michelle Obama. Picture: AP Photos...
Internet explodes over similarities between Melania Trump's speech and Michelle Obama's - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Within hours of Donald Trump's wife making a speech at the Republican National Convention, retweets and YouTube comparisons suggested that there might have been a touch of plagi...
How an Illinois man’s flag-burning 4th of July celebration ended in jail
Bryton Mellott via FacebookA 22-year-old Illinois man named Bryton Mellott decided to celebrate July Fourth by burning the US flag and posting pictures of his actions on Facebook. The actions led to his...
How Web Giants' Adoption of EU Rules Seeks to Rein In Hate Speech
On May 31, several top social networking, search and cloud computing companies, including Facebook and Twitter, announced that they had signed a pact with the European Union to follow its online code of...
'Baby talk' can help songbirds learn their tunes
Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light...
Here is the EU’s ‘code of conduct’ Facebook and Twitter will use to combat hate speech online
The European Union has joined forces with some of the world’s biggest tech companies to create a code of conduct in hopes to combat the spread of hate speech on social media. Story continues below Under...
Tech giants agree to EU rules on online hate speech
More terrorist groups use social media including Facebook to recruit members.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google -- owners of video service YouTube...
Two new iOS apps aim to replace an expensive in-person speech coach
LikeSo lets you choose the words to look out for.(Photo: LikeSo) Embed Share LikeSo and Ummo are two new applications that analyze your speech and can help you improve your diction. So we put a movie famous...
When the next Twitterbot loses it, remember that its tweets are protected
Bots have been using computers for a long time (see The Invisible Boy), but the Constitution is even older.Getty ImagesJohn Frank Weaver is Boston-based attorney focusing on artificial-intelligence law....
Walking on two feet might have lead to speech
This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
The speech the technology industry won’t hear from any candidate… but should
Not one of the 2016 presidential candidates stands out when it comes to ensuring that common sense technology and entrepreneurship policy will prevail. In the absence of these issues receiving the...
Google to take on Nuance with speech recognition API
If you want to build a product with speech recognition capabilities, Nuance has been the default choice for some time. The company's technology powers Apple's Siri and Samsung's S-Voice as well as car...
Is This the Dawning of the Age of Interrobang‽
[caption id="attachment_127282" align="alignleft" width="281"] You see, I've turned the moon into what I like to call a "Death Star".[/caption] The spoken word and text are like close siblings. They don’t...
Microsoft's multipronged strategy for bringing speech to IoT devices
Microsoft has been stepping up its game around connecting its Azure cloud services to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But few may realize the company also is simultaneously working to bring its various...
Create a Text-to-Speech Chrome Extension
This article was peer reviewed by Marc Towler and Ralph Mason. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! Converting text to speech, also known as Speech...
Facebook adds migrants to hate speech protection list
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the site needs to do a "better job" of policing hate speech.Speaking at an event in Berlin, Zuckerberg claimed there was "still work to do" and said Facebook was "committed...
Zuckerberg: no place for hate speech on Facebook
BERLIN (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says more work still needs to be done to police hate speech on the social media site in Germany. German officials have expressed concerns about far-right and...
Germany says Facebook's Zuckerberg gets message on hate speech
BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg understands the need to stamp out hate speech on the world's biggest social network, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Thursday after...
Fed’s Kashkari says banks are ‘still too big to fail’
WASHINGTON — A top architect of the 2008 federal bailout of the financial industry said Tuesday that the government has not done enough to prevent a repeat. [...] views are common at both ends of the...
Twitter Creates Advisory Panel on Tweet Speech
Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a panel to advise it on speech, abuse and safety issues. The Trust & Safety Council, which has more than 40 members, will be part of a strategy to help people...
Use Facebook 'likes' to fight terror, Sheryl Sandberg says
"They launched a 'like attack' on the Facebook page of the NPD," she said. "Rather than scream and protest, they got 100,000 people to like the page, who did not like the page and put messages of tolerance...
Facebook confronts online hate in Europe-wide campaign - CNET
Facebook wants to encourage people to speak up when they spot hate speech on the Internet. Facebook Facebook is putting its blue and white foot down when it comes to extremism and hate speech in Europe....
How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year
Seven years ago, Twitter began its rise to prominence by billing itself as a space where people could speak freely because nobody was censored. The company's rules enshrined this ideal, promising "we...
SOTU 2016: Everything is About Tech
In a perceptive piece following Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, Motherboard asserted that the president’s speech was about technology because “everything is about tech.” It’s a...
Guns, Terrorism Top Social Media Threads Ahead of Obama Address
Millions of Americans were discussing President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday on top social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, debating anticipated speech topics such as...
President Obama to talk self-driving cars in State of the Union speech
DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will talk about the prospects for self-driving cars in his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, according to government officials, the first time...
State of the Union 2016: how to watch online
The final State of the Union address of President Barack Obama's time in office is set for Tuesday, and there are a plethora of ways you can stream the speech. Obama is doing things a little differently...
Asian rock band “The Slants” overturns USPTO rule on “disparaging” trademarks
The Slants performing in Oregon in 2010.Oregon Nikkei EndowmentAn Asian-American rock band called The Slants has taken a legal fight over its name all the way to an appeals court, resulting in a major...
Google, Facebook and Twitter Agree to Pull Hate Speech in Germany
Germany on Tuesday announced that Google's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have agreed to its demands to remove hate speech appearing on their networks within 24 hours after a removal request has been made....
Baidu's Deep-Learning System Rivals People at Speech Recognition
China’s dominant Internet company, Baidu, is developing powerful speech recognition for its voice interfaces.China’s leading Internet-search company, Baidu, has developed a voice system that can recognize...
Baidu's Deep-Learning System Outperfors People at Language Recognition
China’s dominant Internet company, Baidu, is developing powerful speech recognition for its voice interfaces.China’s leading Internet-search company, Baidu, has developed a voice-recognition system that...
Germany makes move to remove hate speech from the internet
Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech posted to their sites in Germany within 24 hours.German justice minister Heiko Mass confirmed the government had reached an agreement for...
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