Cerence Introduces My Car, My Voice – New Voice Clone Solution to Personalize the In-Car Voice Assistant

AI-powered capability lets people create a custom voice – their own, a loved one or a friend – for their mobility assistant
Cerence Inc., AI for a world in motion, introduced My Car, My Voice, a revolutionary product that lets people create custom voices for their in-car assistants.

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What Do Contractors Own? A Guide to Freelance Copyright

When I was a young teenager, I used to write songs with my best friend.
We knew that one day we’d be famous songwriters (because, of course we would), and we didn’t want to fight about who owned the songs when we were famous.
So, at 13 years old, my friend and I looked up copyright laws to see what our rights were … I’m not kidding.

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25 Social Media Campaign Ideas to Try in 2019

The summer before my sophomore year in college, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw my friend dump a bucket of ice water on herself.
When I read the status update, I realized she was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to promote awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease.
This was in 2014 when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral and raised $220 million worldwide.

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UAI 2019 is coming to Tel Aviv

I got this from my friend Nick:This year, Tel Aviv will host UAI http://auai.org/uai2019/ (July 22-25). Several students have been able to attend the conference and present their work thanks to the generosity of your institutions. We hope that you will continue to support us this year as well. You can find more information about sponsorship packages here http://auai.org/uai2019/sponsorships.

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Claims and Evidence: A Joke

The other day a friend posted the following old joke about the level of rigor that mathematicians usually require. (Disclaimer: if you take the joke as a serious claim about the standards of quality in the other fields referenced in the joke, it is an obviously unfair characterization of both astronomy and physics.)
A Mathematician, a Physicist, and an astronomer were travelling north by train.

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So what is Machine Learning good for anyway?

A few weeks ago, a friend and colleague (Alex G.) asked me this question. He was aware of recent breakthroughs in the world of Machine Learning, esp. where it came to computer vision. Popular media picked up these relatively recent successes and brought them to the center of attention and then started projecting a future where machines are going to render humans obsolete.

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Pascal’s Triangle

I had a recent conversation with a friend who asked me “what makes number theory interesting?”. I loved the question, mainly because it gave me an opportunity to talk about math in a positive manner. More importantly though, it was an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite courses in mathematics (along with discrete mathematics and set theory).

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Upcoming data science events in Israel

My friend Assaf Araki is organizing the AI Week Nov 17-21 at Tel Aviv University. It is going to be the first national AI event with around 2000 participants. Dr. Ben Lorica, chief scientist of O’Reilly will be one of the speakers along with Prof. Amnon Shashua, CEO of MobileEye.Another interesting event is the AI Data Science Summit – May 21 in Jerusalem.

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Hacking Deep Learning (Bar Ilan) Workshop Videos

Hacking Deep Learning (Bar Ilan) Workshop Videos now online. Thanks for my friend Prof. Yossi Keshet for organizing and inviting me!One notable talk which is unfortunately missing from the videos is of Prof. Adi Shamir described in this paper. The work analysis how many pixels one should change to confuse a deep learning based classifier.

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Some terrible personal news

Cindy Cutts, my wife and best friend, passed away earlier this week. While I was traveling for work recently, Cindy went to visit her family in Omaha, Nebraska. On Sunday, while enjoying time with family, Cindy started having trouble breathing. Her family quickly called 911 and paramedics took Cindy to the hospital, but Cindy lost and never regained consciousness. She passed away on Monday.

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What is net neutrality, and why I’m staying neutral

Over lunch, my friend complained that mobile app developers are silently using his mobile data when he’s not even using the app. That’s a pet peeve of mine!
As a quick review of what’s happening in the mobile ether, see this Washington Post article, appropriately titled “While you’re asleep, your iphone stays busy”.

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