Ultimate Guide to Google, Azure, IBM, Amazon, SpeechMatics, Kaldi, and HTK ASR systems

Automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems are becoming an increasingly important part of human-machine interaction. Simultaneously, they are still too expensive to develop from scratch. Companies need to choose between using a cloud API for an ASR system developed by tech giants or playing with open-source solutions.

In this post, we compare eight of the most popular ASR systems to facilitate the choice for your project needs and team’s skills. We have conducted our tests to define the word error rate (WER) for some listed ASR systems. We promise to update and add any new info when possible. …

Everything you wanted to know about BCI but were afraid to ask

At the beginning of April 2021, Neuralink’s new video featuring a monkey playing Pong with his mind hit the headlines. The company’s as-always-bold statements promise to give back the freedom of movement to people with disabilities. We decided to look beyond the hype and define what these brain-computer systems are capable of in reality. Let’s dive right into it.

What is a brain-computer interface?

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) or Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) capture a user’s brain activity and translate it into commands for an external application. Though both terms are synonymous, BCI uses externally recorded signals (e.g., electroencephalography) while BMI gathers the signals of implanted sources…

Recommender systems are lifesavers in the infinite seething sea of e-commerce, improving customer experience. Recommender engines are eliminating the tyranny of choice, smoothing the way for decision-making, and boosting online sales. Moreover, ubiquitous AI technologies are sneaking into e-commerce, too, not only solving the problems of irrelevant recommendations but predicting the customer’s next steps.

In light of the pandemic’s impact, online sales are projected to grow twice in the next three years. Under those circumstances, businesses should ensure a perfect customer experience with precise recommendations to stand out. …

While supervised and unsupervised machine learning is a much more widespread practice among enterprises today, reinforcement learning (RL), as a goal-oriented ML technique, finds its application in mundane real-world activities. Gameplay, robotics, dialogue systems, autonomous vehicles, personalization, industrial automation, predictive maintenance, and medicine are among RL’s target areas. In this blog post, we provide a concrete explanation of RL, its applications, and Asynchronous Actor-Critic Agent (A3C), one of the state-of-the-art algorithms developed by Google’s DeepMind.

Key Terms and Concepts

Reinforcement learning refers to the type of machine learning technique enabling an agent to learn to interact with an environment (area outside the agent’s borders)…

Docker helps to develop, test, and deploy software simplified. Moreover, Docker has become a synonym for containerization today, gaining wide popularity. But what if you are new to this technology and are taking baby steps? Then read on our close-up on containers, Docker vs. VMs, and Docker Compose.

Containerization explained

Before we delve into the details of Docker and Docker Compose, let us define the principal idea of containerization. Skip to the following blocks without any ado if you are eager to reveal Docker’s nuts and bolts immediately. To the rest of the readers:” Welcome on board, cabin boys and girls!”

Container technology today is mainly associated with Docker, which also helped to accelerate the overall trend of native cloud development. Meanwhile, technology is rooted in the 1970s, as Rani Osnat tells in his blog on container’s brief history. Containerization, in essence, packages up code with all its dependencies that…

So many of us have used different Facebook applications to see us aging, turned into rock stars, or applied festive make-up. Such waves of facial transformations are usually accompanied by warnings not to share images of your faces — otherwise, they will be processed and misused.

But how does AI use faces in reality? Let’s discuss state-of-the-art applications for face detection and recognition.

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are penetrating various business domains from retail to space engineering. But human sensory experience projected into the art is still the area where no algorithm can compete with artists. However, AI comes in handy for music composing, creating streaming platforms, and monetization. Read on to find out the nuts and bolts of recent AI-powered music applications and what to expect next in the industry.

AI for music composing

Per the McKinsey report, 70% of companies will adopt at least one of the AI technologies by 2030. The music industry is no exception. …

Every organization faces 22 security breaches on average, as per the State of Cybersecurity Report 2020 by Accenture. The threat actors are getting on the pandemic’s bandwagon and doubling the number of their attacks on healthcare, manufacturing, and energy compared to 2019.

While leaders are increasing their budgets on cybersecurity, some of the biggest myths are still circulating in the professional realm, opening the window of opportunities for cybercriminals. Define the biggest cybersecurity myths debunked, what industries are under threat today, and how to minimize the risks.

Ransomware: data backups can make you safe

The ransomware business is going crazy, hitting the top of the attack type…

Why use AI in Retail? (Plus Best Practices)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and retail are a good fit. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation worldwide and is whipping up different business verticals to adopt various AI technologies. As per the UNCTAD survey, more than half of consumers of the emerging and developed economies are shopping online. The part of AI in the retail market in 2020 was valued at USD 1,80 billion and is expected to reach USD 10,90 billion at a CAGR of 35% by 2026.

It seems like it is high time for going big or going home…

Telehealth had skyrocketed under the pandemic worldwide. Currently, 46% of visits are delivered online, and 76% of consumers are interested in telehealth, as McKinsey experts state. To compare with 2019, when burdened with legal regulations, it was reaching about 11% of usage among US patients. We present a detailed analysis of the most promising medical specialties integrating telehealth in the US. See what healthcare providers have implemented already and what changes are coming.

Telehealth vs. telemedicine: What’s the difference?

Telehealth is likely to stay a growing trend in the post-pandemic era. Adopting telemedicine practices was reluctant before 2020. But now, it promises that $250 billion in…


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