Learning words from pictures

Learning words from pictures

Software, The Web
MIT researchers have developed a new approach to training speech-recognition systems that doesn’t depend on transcription. Instead, their system analyzes correspondences between images and spoken descriptions of those images, as captured in a large collection of audio recordings. Image: MIT News Speech recognition systems, such as those that convert speech to text on cellphones, are generally the result of machine learning. A computer pores through thousands or even millions of audio files and their transcriptions, and learns which acoustic features correspond to which typed words. But transcribing recordings is costly, time-consuming work, which has limited speech recognition to a small subset of languages spoken in wealthy nations. At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference this week, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are presenting a new…
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Helping policy and technology work together

Helping policy and technology work together

Software, The Web, Tips & Tricks
Engineering grad student Keertan Kini is working to strengthen the intersection of policy and technology.   “When you’re part of a community, you want to leave it better than you found it,” says Keertan Kini, an MEng student in the Department of Electrical Engineering, or Course 6. That philosophy has guided Kini throughout his years at MIT, as he works to improve policy both inside and out of MIT. As a member of the Undergraduate Student Advisory Group, former chair of the Course 6 Underground Guide Committee, member of the Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI), and of the Advanced Network Architecture group, Kini’s research focus has been in finding ways that technology and policy can work together. As Kini puts it, “there can be unintended consequences when you don’t have…
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Making big data manageable

Making big data manageable

Software
One way to handle big data is to shrink it. If you can identify a small subset of your data set that preserves its salient mathematical relationships, you may be able to perform useful analyses on it that would be prohibitively time consuming on the full set. The methods for creating such “coresets” vary according to application, however. Last week, at the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the University of Haifa in Israel presented a new coreset-generation technique that’s tailored to a whole family of data analysis tools with applications in natural-language processing, computer vision, signal processing, recommendation systems, weather prediction, finance, and neuroscience, among many others. “These are all very general algorithms that are used in so…
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How to Stop Microsoft from Collecting Your Data – Disable Keylogger

Software, Tips & Tricks
Microsoft openly puts a keylogger in its Windows 10 operating system to give users a personalized experience. Windows 10’s FAQs mention, “When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts).” As long debated by our readers, this is not something that other tech companies haven’t engaged in previously. This post, however, is not about the debate around this topic or about how wrong or right (seriously, folks?) Microsoft is with its data collection attempts through Windows 10. In this guide, we help you turn off Windows 10 keylogger. Here is how: Disable Windows 10 keylogger: 1. Go to Start Menu > click on the Settings menu. 2. Click on Privacy.  3. Now under the General section,…
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Cheat sheet! Microsoft releases printable Windows 10 key shortcut list

Software, Tips & Tricks
Jared Newman | @onejarednewman PCWorld How well do you know your Windows key shortcuts in Windows 10? If you need a cheat sheet, Microsoft has just published one that you can download and print.While Microsoft already offers online documentation on keyboard shortcuts, the format of the page can be difficult to sift through. Fortunately, Microsoft now offers an offline version in Word .DOCX format. (Hat tip to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley for spotting it.)There are 42 shortcuts in total, mostly dealing with window management, the Start menu, the Task view, and Cortana. Keep in mind the list only includes Windows key shortcuts, not shortcuts involving Ctrl or Alt. But Microsoft didn’t do a great job formatting its new document. The gigantic header takes up half of the first page, splitting the…
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Windows 10 Privacy Settings Worth Checking

Windows 10 Privacy Settings Worth Checking

Software
This screen shot provided by Microsoft shows Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital assistant, left, in Windows 10. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords. (Microsoft via AP) Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords. The information is used by Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant, and other new features that try to be helpful by remembering a user's likes and habits. Apple and Google have developed similar services for smartphones in recent years. Microsoft's…
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Make your Computer Welcome You

Make your Computer Welcome You

Software, Tips & Tricks
Do you watch movies? Have you always loved the way how Computers in movies welcome their users by calling out their names? I bet that you too would want to know how you can achieve similar results on your PC and have a computer said welcome. Then you are at the right place, this article describes exactly how you can make your computer welcome you like this. With this trick, you can make your Computer welcome you in its computerized voice. You can make your Windows based computer say "Welcome to your PC, Username." Make Windows Greet you with a Custom Voice Message at Startup To use this trick, follow the instructions given below:- Click on Start. Navigate to All Programs, Accessories and Notepad. Copy and paste the exact code…
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Make a YouTube video into an animated Gif

Graphics, Software, Tips & Tricks
YouTube is a great site for watching videos and using the site gifyoutube you can make any section of any video into an animated Gif. To create an animated Gif using this site follow the steps below. Note: To make this page easier the YouTube and Gif YouTube links open in a new tabs. 1. Open YouTube and find the video you want to make a clip. Copy the URL of the video you want to use. In this example, we are using the below URL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKVWBUwoV4o 2. Open GifYouTube and paste the URL into the text box and click the Create GIF button. 3. In the Configure Your GIF window select the Start Time, Gif length, and Title of your animated Gif and then click Create GIF. 4. Once…
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Top 10 computer mistakes beginners make

Hardware, Software, Tips & Tricks
Below we've listed the top 10 mistakes we find beginner computer users making and how you can avoid falling into the same mistakes. Not backing up important files One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is not backing up important information. Today, there are so many different methods of backing up your information that there is no longer any excuse for not backing up your information. Make sure to backup all important information before it is too late. Clicking Next or Ok without reading Everyone has become more impatient thanks to the instant gratification we all enjoy every day on the Internet. However, because of this impatience it is not uncommon for new users to click Ok or Next without reading what they are agreeing to and not making…
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