More brands want unique synthetic voices. How do the actors providing them maintain control?

Apr 19, 2022
As the demand for vocal signatures grows, some platforms are giving actors a say in how their voices are used.
Brands are looking for a distinct digital voice to use with artificial intelligence devices, like the Amazon Echo Dot above.
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What's it like when an algorithm moderates your divorce?

Feb 18, 2022
In his latest book, NBC News tech correspondent argues that artificial intelligence is using behavioral science to exploit our unconscious habits.
In his latest book, NBC News tech correspondent argues that artificial intelligence is using behavioral science to exploit our unconscious habits.
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A supply chain improvement industry is rising from the pandemic

Jan 11, 2022
From new startups valued in the billions to old legacy companies, the business of supply chain visibility is booming.
"The future of supply chains really is this visibility, it's being able to know where your goods are at all times, what your suppliers are planning," says Eric Oak, a senior trade analyst with S&P Global Market Intelligence. Above, an aerial view of shipping containers.
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Will farmers dig Deere's new autonomous tractor?

Jan 5, 2022
John Deere has unveiled a new autonomous tractor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Farmers may be slow to adopt the technology.
Front cameras on John Deere's fully autonomous tractor are shown ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 4.
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China could soon surpass U.S. in crucial emerging technologies, report warns

Dec 14, 2021
"This has big implications," says Harvard's Graham Allison, one of the report's authors.
"This has big implications," says Harvard's Graham Allison, one of the report's authors.
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New NYC law restricts hiring based on artificial intelligence

Dec 10, 2021
Employers won’t be allowed to use AI to screen job candidates unless the tech has gone through an audit to check for bias.
New York City follows Maryland and Illinois in implementing laws aimed at addressing algorithmic discrimination in hiring.
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Regulators look at how "big data" may contribute to racial bias in insurance rates

Nov 30, 2021
Some advocates say the industry needs to move more quickly to address the issue.
While many insurance companies leverage big data and artificial intelligence to calculate insurance rates, advocates say it can produce disparities between urban and suburban residents. Above, a suburban neighborhood in Richmond, California, viewed from an Amtrak train.
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You do want fries with that: Wendy's and Google bet on drive-thru AI

Oct 12, 2021
The deal could include voice-recognition software, mapping apps and other digital tools to improve the drive-thru experience.
Artificial intelligence may be coming to a Wendy's drive-thru near you, thanks to a new pairing with Google Cloud.
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U.S., U.K. and Australia form AUKUS, a pact to counter China

Sep 16, 2021
The three nations have an economic interest in an alliance that focuses on countering China. And they have a defense interest, too.
From left to right, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pose for a group photograph in Washington, D.C., following the announcement of AUKUS.
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Robots have started to share the bike lane in Austin to deliver pizza

Jul 9, 2021
Some cyclists aren't happy about the new arrangement, but others say it may put a new focus on bicycle infrastructure.
Riley Pakes, with Refraction AI robotics company, monitors a REV-1 delivery robot on South Congress Avenue in Austin, TX on June 16, 2021.
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