Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 258.765 Million
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Amazon and Microsoft are joining efforts to make their digital assistants Alexa and Cortana work in concert. Amazon’s voice-powered helper Alexa will now be able to access Cortana’s functions (and viceversa) through a range of different platforms. According to The New York Times, the integration between the two smart assistants should be pretty straightforward: Amazon users will […]

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Facebook’s virtual assistant M is finally launching in the UK. The AI-powered smart helper will be able to interact with British users through a conversational interface built upon Facebook’s Messenger platform. The agent is able to carry out basic tasks—such as make a purchase, or book a table—and retrieve information. In addition, M uses natural language processing to analyse […]

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When it comes to smart personal assistant, Facebook is still small fry: in a scene dominated by voice-powered heavyweights such Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the Menlo Park-based company also has its own virtual helper programme. Called M, the Artificial Intelligence bot is built on top of […]

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Apple has joined the smart-speaker fray with the launch of its new HomePod— a voice-activated loudspeaker  powered by virtual assistant Siri. The new device, unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San José, California, will have to face the portentous competition of Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Home speakers— both of which can answer questions, perform small tasks like […]

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Amazon is set to launch a new UK R&D centre in the university city of Cambridge. The new 5500 square-metre office will open in an office building next to Cambridge’s train station. The tech giant already runs  another research facility in the city centre, which—once the new office starts working— is going to start focussing […]

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Apple is planning to gather its users’ iCloud data to improve virtual assistant Siri’s voice-recognition capabilities. Last week, in a disclaimer attached to the iOS 10.3 beta update, the company explained that accessing those data would “allow Apple to improve intelligent features and services such as Siri.” Users that accept the new feature can still deactivate it at any […]

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