Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a Berkeley-based startup that wants to solve one of the biggest challenges in conversational AI: making chatbots sound more human and less like, well, bots. In a blog post, Microsoft AI & Research chief technology officer David Ku wrote that “with the acquisition of Semantic Machines, we will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley to push forward the boundaries of what is [...]
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Hospo Voice to help workers combat underpayment and exploitation in the industry• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonAn online union for hospitality workers has been launched amid growing concern about wage theft and worker exploitation.The union, called Hospo Voice, was formed in response to the transient nature of work in the restaurant and bar sector. The industry employs a high proportion of backpackers and migrant workers, making it [...]
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China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon
China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its [...]
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Collapse is mirrored by tumble in direct foreign investment into Britain of 90%Britain's decision to leave the European Union has sparked a dramatic fall in the number of French, Dutch and Belgian businesses registering in the UK, in a further illustration of Brexit's impact on the UK economy.Figures from Companies House show that French companies registered 48% fewer businesses in the UK in 2016-17 than the previous financial year while companies in Belgium registered 38% [...]
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‘Anchor' camps will undermine country's reputation for being welcoming, say criticsMass holding centres that Germany's interior ministry wants to roll out across the country will stoke social tension between locals and migrants and undermine the welcoming image the country has gained in the eyes of the world, aid organisations have said.So-called anchor centres – an acronym for arrival, decision, return – are designed to speed up deportations of unsuccessful asylum seekers, by containing large groups [...]
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Top executives are paid too much and company reserves are too high, report saysMPs have called for an overhaul of the management of the Motability car leasing scheme for disabled drivers after concerns were raised over its “totally unacceptable” pay for top executives.Two select committees – Treasure and work and pensions – say the £1.7m earned by the scheme's chief executive, Mike Betts, in 2017 was unjustifiable at a monopoly provider effectively sustained by public [...]
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Salena Zito and Brad Todd pull punches on race but show just how the ‘blue wall' collapsed and how hard it will be to rebuildBetween November 2007 and late 2016, white Americans lost more than 700,000 jobs. Seemingly oblivious to that reality, on the manicured lawns of Martha's Vineyard, Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills Hillary Clinton repeatedly shared that a chunk of Donald Trump's base was irredeemably deplorable. Only when Clinton was busted for repeating [...]
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Nottingham Cottage: The Kensington home where Meghan and Harry will live as a married couple
Following their royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will continue to live at Nottingham Cottage, a snug, two-bedroomed property in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The cottage was previously occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who used it as their London base for around two-and-a-half years. How big is the cottage? Just a stone's throw from Kensington Palace, Prince Harry's childhood home, the cosy property, [...]
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Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members, police said. [...]
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A virtual Jacinda Ardern opens the Techweek animation conference as a holographic display, a move she said ‘seems appropriate'. New Zealand's prime minister said this year's theme was ‘innovation that's good for the world', which she said sat well with her, citing the country's nuclear-free policy and action on climate change. Continue reading... [...]
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