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Over 2 Billion Devices Will be Shipped with a Dedicated Chipset for Ambient Sound or Natural Language Processing By 2026

ABI Research | Sept. 21, 2021, 5 a.m.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) and ambient sound processing are traditionally considered exclusive cloud technologies and this has restricted their adoption in markets where security, privacy, and service continuity are critical elements for deployment.  However, the advancements in deep learning compression technologies and edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) chipsets are now enabling these technologies to be integrated at the end-device level, which could mitigate security and privacy concerns while ensuring enabled services can be delivered consistently without interruption. ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm, estimates over 2 billion end devices will be shipped with a dedicated chipset for ambient sound or natural language processing by 2026."NLP and ambient sound processing will follow the same cloud-to-edge evolutionary path as machine vision. Through efficient hardware and model compression technologies, this technology now requires fewer resources and can be fully embedded in end devices," says Lian Jye Su, Principal Analyst, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at ABI Research. "At the moment, most of the implementations focus on simple tasks, such as wake word detection, scene recognition, and voice biometrics. However, moving forward, AI-enabled devices will feature more complex audio and voice processing applications."The popularity of Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and various chatbots in the enterprise sector has led to the boom of the voice user interface. In June 2021, Apple announced that Siri would process certain requests and actions offline. Such implementation frees Siri from constant internet connectivity and significantly improves the iPhone user’s experience. ABI Research expects Apple's competitors, especially Google, with its latest Tensor System-on-a-Chip (SoC), to follow suit and offer similar support on its Android operating systems currently supporting billions of consumer and connected devices .In the enterprise sector, edge-based ambient sound processing remains in the nascent stage, with Infineon being one of the very early supplier of this technology. Increasingly, other sensor vendors are trialing the analysis of machine sound for uptime tracking, predictive maintenance, and machinery analytics. The combination of machine sound with other information, including temperature, pressure, and torque, can accurately predict the status of machine health and longevity.Recognizing the importance of edge-based NLP and ambient sound processing, chipset vendors are actively forming partnerships to boost their capabilities. For example, Qualcomm has been working closely with prominent NLP startups, including Audio Analytics and Hugging Face. CEVA, a chipset IP vendor, announced a partnership with Fluent.ai to offer multilingual speech recognition technology in low-power audio devices. The recent collaboration between Synitiant and Renesas aims to provide a multimodal AI platform that combines deep learning-based visual and audio processing."Aside from dedicated hardware, machine learning developers are also looking to leverage various novel machine learning techniques such as multimodal learning and federated learning. Through multimodal learning, edge AI systems can become smarter and more secure if they combine insights from multiple data sources. With federated learning, end users can personalize voice AI in end devices, as edge AI can improve based on learning from their unique local environments," concludes Su.These findings are from ABI Research's Deep Learning-Based Ambient Sound and Language Processing: Cloud to Edge application analysis report. This report is part of the company's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific technology. 

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GoFor Launches Renewable Delivery Providing 10 for 1 Carbon Offsets for Last Mile Services

Business Wire | Sept. 21, 2021, 9:05 a.m.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GoFor, North America’s leading marketplace for same-day last mile delivery of big and bulky items, today launched a last mile strategy called Renewable Delivery™, which will remove the carbon footprint of its deliveries and includes new offerings that bring better efficiency to the last mile. These offerings include renewable miles, smart packaging and first-of-a-kind delivery technologies, which together provide fast, efficient and climate-positive options for GoFor’s

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Ford unveils new off-road Expedition Timberline; adds hands-free highway driving

CNBC | Sept. 21, 2021, 7 a.m.

The new model features a freshened exterior design, increased ground clearance and other off-road features such as upgraded tires and a heavy-duty skid plate.

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Klarna CEO says market volatility has him 'nervous' about an IPO

CNBC | Sept. 21, 2021, 9:25 a.m.

"Right now it doesn't feel really sound out there," Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski told CNBC Monday.

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Embark and ZF Collaborate to Validate Automatic Steering Control in Self-Driving Trucks

Business Wire | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:05 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO & LIVONIA, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Embark Trucks Inc., a leading developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry, and ZF, a top global Tier-1 supplier, today announced a collaboration to test, validate, and integrate ZF’s ReAX adaptive steering technology to ensure compatibility with the Embark Universal Interface (EUI). This collaboration will enable the validation of the ReAX steering system and core algorithm, ultimately leading to a safer and more performant auton

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Instacart shopper activist group asks customers to delete the app until demands for better conditions are met

TechCrunch | Sept. 21, 2021, 9:44 a.m.

Yesterday, the Gig Workers Collective — representing a body of about 13,000 Instacart shoppers — launched a #DeleteInstacart campaign, urging customers to delete the Instacart app as a show of solidarity with workers advocating for better treatment. The collective of shoppers asked that customers refrain from reinstalling the app until five demands are met. They […]

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Netflix offers Kenyans free mobile plan

Broadband TV News | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:54 a.m.

Netflix is offering audiences in Kenya a free plan that allows them to enjoy around a quarter of the streamer’s catalogue, free of charge. Titles including Blood & Water, Bridgerton and Army of the Dead are a part of the package. The service is being offered ad-free on Android mobile phones. To sign up, users […]

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Support for road pricing to counter fuel tax losses, survey suggests

Fleet News | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

An alternative road tax system based on distance travelled is supported by half (53%) of motorists, research from Venson Automotive Solutions suggests.

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8K Association beefs up specifications

Broadband TV News | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:39 a.m.

The 8K Association, the cross-industry group that promotes the growth of the 8K ecosystem, has published an updated performance specification for the 8K Association Certified mark program. In addition to the existing requirements for resolution, luminance, colour and connectivity standards that ensure powerful big-screen performance, the 8K Association Certified logo program now recognises a broader […]

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Paytm IPO: 8 key points about India’s largest stock market debut

Tech in Asia | Sept. 21, 2021, 9:10 a.m.

The IPO of Ant Group-backed Paytm is likely to be the biggest in India. To find out what’s in store for its future, we delved into its financials.

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Cisco siphons $20M into Rural Broadband Innovation Center

Light Reading | Sept. 21, 2021, 9 a.m.

The $20 million Center was launched in mid-June under the umbrella of Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration program, and will focus on delivering high-speed Internet access to rural areas to lessen the digital divide.

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FT: Sky planning smart TV launch

Broadband TV News | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:26 a.m.

Sky is reportedly working on the launch of its own Smart TV product, according to a report published by Financial Times Tuesday. The report said the broadcaster was looking to make up lost ground following the pandemic, which at its height wiped out much of the broadcaster’s sports coverage. Sky has already invited the press […]

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National Robotarium pioneers AI and telepresence robotic tech for remote health consultations

Artificial Intelligence News | Sept. 20, 2021, 10:45 a.m.

The National Robotarium, hosted by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, has unveiled an AI-powered telepresence robotic solution for remote health consultations. Using the solution, health practitioners would be able to assess a person’s physical and cognitive health from anywhere in the world. Patients could access specialists no matter whether they’re based in the UK, India, the... Read more »The post National Robotarium pioneers AI and telepresence robotic tech for remote health consultations appeared first on AI News.

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Eurobites: 5G is good for you, insists ETNO

Light Reading | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:55 a.m.

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom pursues separate SA listing for towers subsidiary; Ericsson weighs in with lighter radio; Netflix launches free service in Kenya, but only on Android mobiles.

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Apple releases new tvOS 15 middleware

Broadband TV News | Sept. 21, 2021, 8:09 a.m.

Apple has upgraded the middleware for its Apple TV platform, offering improved audio and security features. The update was premiered at Apple’s WWDC developer event in June and is being made available on the updated Apple TV 4K and earlier Apple TV HD boxes. Users with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max will be able to […]

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EO Charging Bolsters Business Development Team With Key Executive Hires to Further Drive International Growth

Business Wire | Sept. 21, 2021, 5 a.m.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EO Charging (“EO”), a leading provider of technology-enabled turnkey solutions for electric vehicle (“EV”) fleets, has made a number of senior appointments to its sales team to capitalise on the booming EV market and support its next stage of international growth. The new additions to EO’s specialist sales team will be instrumental in helping the business continue its global expansion and have been given core areas of focus to support this growth. The new appointments w

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Reflex Vehicle Hire becomes family-owned after £16.5m share buyout

Fleet News | Sept. 21, 2021, 7:01 a.m.

Commercial van rental company, Reflex Vehicle Hire, has become a family-owned business after a £16.5 million buy-out of minority shareholders.

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Countdown begins for this year’s Fleet & Mobility Live

Fleet News | Sept. 21, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

There are just two weeks to go until the fleet and mobility industry is reunited in person again at the largest dedicated show of its kind in the UK.

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Almost two-thirds of SMEs deliver goods using their own drivers

Fleet News | Sept. 21, 2021, 6:44 a.m.

New research has revealed that SMEs are investing in their own delivery drivers amid driver shortages, supply chain issues and Covid restrictions.

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