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Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Technology
Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps.News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who "reviewed" Alexa recordings.All three companies say voice recordings are occasionally reviewed to improve speech recognition. But the reaction to the Bloomberg article suggests many customers are unaware that humans may be listening.The news site said it had spoken to seven people who reviewed audio from Amazon Echo smart speakers and the Alexa service.Reviewers typically transcribed and annotated voice clips to help improve Amazon's speech recognition systems.Amazon's voice recordings are associated with an account number, the customer's first name...
Humans can be tricked just like computers

Humans can be tricked just like computers

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March 22 (UPI) -- Using the same visual tricks that trip up computers, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have managed to get humans to think like CPUs. "Most of the time, research in our field is about getting computers to think like people," Chaz Firestone, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, said in a news release. "Our project does the opposite -- we're asking whether people can think like computers." Computers do a few things much better than humans. They can easily solve complex math problems and remember vast quantities of information. But some tasks that are quite easy for humans, recognizing everyday objects like a dog, bus or a table and chairs, are exceedingly difficult for even the most powerful computers. However, computers are g...
SpaceX capsule built for humans lands in Atlantic after space station stay

SpaceX capsule built for humans lands in Atlantic after space station stay

Technology
The unmanned Dragon capsule from Elon Musk's SpaceX has splashed down after a short stay at the International Space Station.It is the first time a commercial space system built for humans has been successfully flight tested by NASA. The capsule - containing a dummy called Ripley - reached hypersonic speeds after detaching from the ISS and splashed down off Florida at 8.45am local time. Its descent was slowed by four parachutes and recovery boats raced to intercept it about 200 miles off the Atlantic coast.Benjamin Reed, SpaceX's director of crew mission management, said: "Everything happened just perfectly, right on time the way that we expected it to." Dragon launched from Kennedy Space Center on a rocket last Saturday, in a major step towards reviving America's human spacefligh...
'This time we'll stay': NASA to send humans to the moon

'This time we'll stay': NASA to send humans to the moon

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By Ajay Nair, news reporter NASA is planning to take the "next giant leap in deep space exploration" as it looks to send astronauts to the moon who are able to stay there.The space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, called for American firms to help develop human lunar landers - "reusable systems for astronauts to land on the moon" - as he said scientists had been given a mandate by President Donald Trump and Congress to return to the moon for the first time since 1972. He said NASA was planning to send astronauts "to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond" and that it was "an exciting time to be leading America's space programme"."As a lifelong NASA supporter, I am thrilled to be talking once again about landing humans on the moon," he said, wr...
Ancient skull provides earliest evidence of modern humans in Mongolia

Ancient skull provides earliest evidence of modern humans in Mongolia

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Jan. 30 (UPI) -- An ancient Mongolian skull thought to belong to the a unique species of Pleistocene hominin, dubbed Mongolanthropus, is actually the earliest evidence of modern humans in the region. Using radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis, paleontologists determined the skull belonged to Homo sapiens. The discovery is described in a new paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications. As a result of compromised dating efforts and the fossil's archaic skull features, some researchers previously hypothesized the hominid remains hailed from the mid to late Pleistocene and belonged to Homo erectus or the Neanderthals. The new analysis posits that the modern human specimen lived sometime between 34,950 and 33,900 years ago. Because the skull is contaminated with a variety of...