Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here:
This week, Intel is working on improving voice recognition, IBM wants to change the way you use email, and Google wants to transform the Internet itself!
Google buys UK AI start-up
A couple of weeks ago we reported on Google's acquisition of US-based firm Nest in an attempt to enter the Internet of Things space. This week, the tech giant has announced the purchase of DeepMind – an artificial intelligence company which specializes in algorithms and machine learning for e-commerce and games – for a reported £400 million (apprx €485 million). This makes it Google’s largest European acquisition so far.
Major technology firms have been increasingly focused on developing artificial intelligence as a new source of business. Google, for example, has been developing self-driving cars and robots, and last May launched a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab in partnership with NASA.
Link: BBC News
Intel wants to improve voice recognition…
Apple has impressed the world with Siri – its voice recognition technology. Intel thinks it can do better and is developing Jarvis – a headset that wirelessly connects to your phone. It works even when there is no data connection available.
But how does it improve on Siri? Major voice recognition platforms take a compressed recording of your voice command and ship it off to a central server. The computers at these servers then translate the voice command into text or a command, then send it back to your device, via the Internet. Intel plans to improve the technology by removing Cloud from the voice recognition process and cutting down the time it takes for the voice recognition software to make sense of your garbled commands.
…while IBM is transforming email
Dubbed Mail Next, IBM has revealed a radical new user interface for email at its Connect 2014 conference in the US recently. It is inspired by social media and a scientific approach to coping with multiple incoming communications across multiple channels, says IBM. A row of headshots at the top is a user-defined set of people who matter to a user, with indications of recent messages (or perhaps social media posts) from those people.
Imagined as a replacement for email folders, speakers at the conference suggested the circles could instead be attached to a workflow to indicate progress on a task. "Mail Next pulls together social feeds and email into the same application and, based intelligence and the user’s habits, will help the user to focus on which items deserve their focus and attention," said Scott Liewehr, president and principal analyst at Digital Clarity Group, a New York City-based digital research and consultancy firm.
Link: The Register
Bangalore goes Wi-Fi
Famous as India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore (or Bengaluru) has become the nation's first city to offer free Wi-Fi services to people. The “Namma Wifi” service can be accessed at five different locations. In the next two months, it will be extended to 10 other areas. According to a spokesperson, Bangalore is the first city in Asia to provide the service. There are also plans to unveil free Wi-Fi in neighbouring cities in the future.
Mac turns 30
The iconic Macintosh computer, or the Apple Mac, turns 30 this week. The friendly desktop featuring the ability to control it by clicking on icons with a "mouse," opened computing to non-geeks in much the same way that touchscreens later allowed almost anyone to get instantly comfortable with smartphones or tablets. The occasion was celebrated with a birthday party held in a performing arts centre in the Californian city of Cupertino, where legendary late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs first introduced the Mac to the world on January 24, 1984.
Link: BBC News
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.