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This is impressive progress made possible by Machine Learning: Google’s speech recognition technology now has a 4.9% word error rate (Emil Protalinski)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced that the company’s speech recognition technology has now achieved a 4.9 percent word error rate. Put another way, Google transcribes every 20th word incorrectly. That’s a big improvement from the 23 percent the company saw in 2013 and the 8 percent it shared two years ago at I/O 2015.

The tidbit was revealed at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference, where a big emphasis is on artificial intelligence. Deep learning, a type of AI, is used to achieve accurate image recognition and speech recognition. The method involves ingesting lots of data to train systems called neural networks, and then feeding new data to those systems in an attempt to make predictions…

 

Source: Google’s speech recognition technology now has a 4.9% word error rate | VentureBeat | Dev | by Emil Protalinski

Very useful 25min Video on Tech Trends in China: A Whirlwind Tour Through Trends in China (Connie Chan)

In China, a country that leapfrogged the PC era to go mobile-first, the smartphone is the “remote control” of people’s lives… especially given the dominance of messaging/operating-system platforms like WeChat. But this is about more than just WeChat, Alipay, and others — it’s about online-to-offline commerce in general (and the viability of on-demand marketplaces there); the past, present, and future of QR codes; and new forms of social-mobile communication, from livestreaming to stickers to even VR cafes as a vector of early adoption…

Source: A Whirlwind Tour Through Trends in China – Andreessen Horowitz

Awesome Collection of Long-Reads on the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017 (MIT Technology Review)

These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now…

Source: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

Must-See AndreesenHorowith Video: A Whirlwind Tour Through Trends in China (Connie Chan)

In China, a country that leapfrogged the PC era to go mobile-first, the smartphone is the “remote control” of people’s lives… especially given the dominance of messaging/operating-system platforms like WeChat. But this is about more than just WeChat, Alipay, and others — it’s about online-to-offline commerce in general (and the viability of on-demand marketplaces there); the past, present, and future of QR codes; and new forms of social-mobile communication, from livestreaming to stickers to even VR cafes as a vector of early adoption…

Good collection of Foresight Fails: The absolute worst Technology Predictions of the past 150 years (lya Pestov)

There’s a long-standing tradition among scientists, engineers, and industrialists. Every new year, they make predictions about a future.

Is blockchain a major technology, or it’s just a buzzword? Bots vs Apps: who will win in 2017? Will this finally be the year that virtual reality stops giving people motion sickness?

Well, technology has proven to be extraordinarily slippery over the past century. Despite the vast information that industry insiders have had at they’re fingertips, they’ve made some pretty terrible forecasts over the years…

Source: The absolute worst technology predictions of the past 150 years

Very useful: 15 Mind-Blowing Statistics Reveal What Happens on the Internet in a Minute (Larry Kim)

Consider this: Every minute of every day, staggering amounts of data are being generated as consumers connect to, search for, watch, create, download, and shop for content.
Making sense of what all this data means is critical for the success of your company or brand.
So what are the 3.2 billion people who make up today’s global internet population doing online?…

Source: 15 Mind-Blowing Statistics Reveal What Happens on the Internet in a Minute — All Things Marketing and Entrepreneurship — Medium

Remarkable, but not really surprising: 85% of Facebook video is watched without sound (Sahil Patel)

Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence.

As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers…

Source: 85 percent of Facebook video is watched without sound – Digiday

Solar Power Is Ready to Dominate Energy Thanks to New Tech (Singularity Hub)

In the next 20 years, between 50 percent to 100 percent of the world’s energy production could come from solar.

Today, the global oil and natural gas industry is about a $4 trillion business. It’s big money, and in the US, 67 percent of the electricity generated in 2015 was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum)…

 

Source: Solar Power Is Ready to Dominate Energy Thanks to New Tech

That’s impressive: WeChat blasts past 700 million monthly active users (TechInAsia)

Well, we knew it was coming, but according to a new report from Chinese data tracker Quest Mobile, it’s now official: Tencent’s WeChat broke the 700 million monthly active user (MAU) barrier in March.

WeChat has been China’s social app of choice for years now, of course, but Quest Mobile’s report – which is based on data from both Android and iOS devices in March – shows just how far Tencent is ahead of the competition when it comes to user base…

Source: WeChat blasts past 700 million monthly active users

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