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Alibaba already has a voice assistant way better than Google’s

  • Jin Rong, the dean of Alibaba’s Machine Intelligence and Technology Lab, said the agent is already servicing millions of customer requests a day.
  • The implicit intent occurs when the customer responds, “I’m not home in the morning.” He never explicitly says what he actually means—that home delivery won’t work—but the agent is able to read between the lines and follow up sensibly.
  • Alibaba is also developing digital assistants for other aspects of its business, including a food-ordering agent that can take your order in noisy restaurants and stores; a humanlike virtual avatar that can field questions about Alibaba products; and a price-haggling chatbot that is already used by 20% of sellers on Alibaba’s resale platform Xianyu.
  • At their core, each of these assistants is powered by the speech-recognition and natural-language-processing engine called AliMe, developed by the company’s Machine Intelligence and Technology Lab. They are then packaged and adapted to different parts of the business.

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Testing a $100,000 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, a luxury coupe with its own perfume system

  • More than a decade ago, the Mercedes-Benz CLS essentially invented the "four-door coupe" segment of the luxury sedan market.
  • If you want a sports sedan, Mercedes offers a full line of AMG models.
  • But, I'm convinced that the CLS justifies its high price with industry-leading technology and great styling to boot.
  • MBUX, Mercedes' new infotainment system, is not on the CLS.
  • Mercedes offers some lovely metallic options for $720 that better suit the CLS' relaxed demeanor.
  • Get the $850 digital instrument cluster to complete the CLS' spaceship interior and spend $1,900 on the cloud-like air suspension.
  • It's incredibly comfortable, fantastic looking and so full of technology it could shame a Best Buy. It's one of the most relaxing cars to drive, with heated everything and a highly capable driver-assist suite.
  • As long as you're careful with what options you check, I definitely recommend the Mercedes CLS 450.

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Attempting to Learn Go - Now Sending REST Requests

  • This time we're going to look at sending an email using the MailGun API.
  • With this in mind, we're going to write a very simple "send-only" MailGun client.
  • Remember that we're attempting to do as much as we can with just the standard library - this is why we're not importing an existing MailGun client for Go. In our client directory create a main.go file and start setting up our package.
  • This setup allows us to use the package in multiple projects with different MailGun accounts, we can just pass it around as needed.
  • I made a brief allusion to the envy package in my Slackbot post it is a very small module which simply gets an environment variable or returns an error.
  • You could also move the API URL up out of the code into an ENV variable or a const as well if you want.

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How Does setState Know What to Do?

  • Sure, React re-renders the component with the next { clicked: true } state and updates the DOM to match the returned <h1>Thanks</h1> element.
  • In contrast, the renderer packages expose platform-specific APIs like ReactDOM.render() that let you mount a React hierarchy into a DOM node.
  • The takeaway here is that the react package only lets you use React features but doesn’t know anything about how they’re implemented.
  • The renderer packages (react-dom, react-native, etc) provide the implementation of React features and platform-specific logic.
  • Now we know why both react and react-dom packages need to be updated for new features.
  • Okay, so now we know that the react package doesn’t contain anything interesting, and the implementation lives in renderers like react-dom, react-native, and so on.
  • In both cases, the renderers “inject” implementations of features like setState into the generic React package to keep your components more declarative.

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A month of Flutter: no content widget

  • With any sort of content site, there is always a chance of having nothing to display.
  • For this view I'm using an illustration from the amazing unDraw site.
  • I've choosen the SVG version as it's small, scales to any device size, and is easy to change the color of if themes are implemented.
  • The main goal here is to render the SVG with some text underneath it.
  • Since nothing in NoContent is going to change, let's give it a const constructor.
  • We'll also make it so the Column contents are center aligned vertically and that the Container takes up the entire view width.
  • With NoContent implemented, we'll just swap it into the Scaffold body for rendering and update the tests accordingly.
  • The size and spacing of everything will have to be adjusted as the app design evolves but this is a good base implementation.

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The president of the company that just had the biggest IPO in biotech history has a surprisingly large pay package

  • One of the highest valued private companies in biotech is finally going public.
  • Moderna Therapeutics, a company developing treatments based on messenger RNA, raised more than $60o million in the biggest initial public offering in biotech history, pricing at $23 a share.
  • Among the disclosures in Moderna's filing for the IPO was the compensation for some of the company's top executives.
  • Noticeably, Moderna's president, Dr. Stephen Hoge, had a compensation package worth almost $24 million in 2017, according to the filing.
  • Hoge, 42, joined Moderna in 2013 and became president in 2015.
  • Hoge got his MD at the University of California, San Francisco and worked at McKinsey & Co. from 2005 to 2012.
  • Hoge's compensation package rivals the paychecks of CEOs like Pfizer's Ian Read, who made $27.9 million in 2017 and Regeneron CEO Len Schleifer, who made $26.5 million that year.

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Accidentally Moving from MacOS to Windows

  • Some of this article revises the tool choices I made at the time; the rest of it talks around the general Windows + WSL-experience and how it compares to macOS.
  • It’s when you’ve cloned a git repo, use wget/curl -O to pull something down, or are iterating on a $language package in WSL and want to use a Windows-native tool that you’re destined to shuffle things around.
  • VS Code doesn’t know how to look for your toolchain & packages inside WSL, and so you either need to live inside of Windows (losing your Linux tooling), install VS Code inside of WSL, which means losing the ability to open files outside of WSL + native Windows integration.
  • I’ll keep this short: I still depend on Lightroom, writing tools (Notion, Evernote prior), a solid default desktop environment, first-party hardware support (be it a MacBook or Surface) & battery life, and most of all, my time.

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DeepMind’s Go playing software can now beat you at two more games

  • The latest version of the machine learning software, dubbed AlphaZero, can now also beat the world’s best at chess and shogi – a Japanese game that is similar to chess but played on a bigger board with more pieces.
  • AlphaGo made headlines in 2016 when it beat the world’s best players at a game long thought too hard for computers to crack.
  • Then came AlphaGo Zero, which not only out-played AlphaGo but taught itself to do so without ever having seen a human play the game.
  • Chess- and shogi-playing software are typically given the rules of the game and use a brute-force search to find the best possible next move.
  • In addition to beating AlphaGo Zero at Go, it can also best leading chess and shogi software that already outperform humans.

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Geckos sprint across water on air bubbles they make with their legs

  • They took high-speed video of 8 geckos doing 63 runs across a 35-centimetre-long basin filled with water.
  • The geckos whirl their front legs in a circle  – a little like the way a cartoon character might run.
  • Part of this circle passes through the air and part of it under the water, which helps creates an air pocket that holds the gecko up.
  • To test whether surface tension has any effect on the geckos ability to run across water, the team added dish soap to the water-filled basin.
  • The geckos could still run across the water, but they travelled at half the speed – which suggests they do exploit surface tension to cross water.
  • The geckos are different: they cross ponds by relying on both the bubbles created by slapping the water and the surface tension of water.

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Parrots are clever because their brains evolved the same way as ours

  • Parrots are intelligent birds capable of complex cognition, and it turns out that the genes that play a role in their brain development are similar to those that evolved to give humans large brains.
  • To learn more how these birds’ brains develop, Mello and his team compared the genome of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot with that of 30 other birds.
  • They found that regions of the parrot genome that regulate when and how genes for brain development are turned on are the same as those found in humans.
  • Mello says that when these regulatory regions of the genome are disrupted in humans, they are known to be associated with cognitive disabilities such as autism, developmental delays and language deficits.
  • The genes Mello and his team found that are associated with parrot lifespan support DNA damage repair, slow down cell death due to stress, and limit cell overgrowth and cancers.

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