MIT researchers develop AI that learns language like a child

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a semantic parser that learns through observation, mimicking a child’s language-acquisition process – with the potential to greatly extend computing’s capabilities. Traditionally, language-learning computer systems are trained on sentences annotated by humans that describe the structure and meaning behind words. These methods underpin web searches, natural-language…

instant Promote ads for Stories – TechCrunch

Instagram hopes dollars from the long-tail of small businesses and social media stars can help it pull its weight in the Facebook family. A new ad type called “Promote” for Stories allows Instagram business pages to show their ephemeral slideshows to more users without doing much work. Admins can choose to auto-target users similar to…

Dip in Traffic Fatalities Reflects Progress with a Grain of Salt – Connected World

Every day, traffic accidents cost individuals and their families time, money, and sometimes, sadly, much more. Technology in modern vehicles can help prevent crashes or protect passengers in the event of a crash by alerting drivers of impending collisions, alerting emergency services after a collision has occurred, applying brakes or other corrective measures before the…

“Grit” author Angela Duckworth on working smart versus working too hard, when it’s okay to pivot, and the impact of tech on grit – TechCrunch

Today, in San Francisco, at an inspriring gathering of roughly 400 women investors and founders organized by the months-old nonprofit AllRaise — a large and growing group of female funders and founders who aim to accelerate the success of their peers —  we had the opportunity to interview Angela Duckworth. If her name sounds familiar, that’s because Duckworth, a…

Apple beats on Q4 earnings thanks to price hikes, stock still falls 7% after-hours – TechCrunch

Despite a beat on its Q4 quarterly earnings, Apple shares still managed to take a beating Thursday. Shares are down 7 percent in after-hours trading after the company released its Q4 quarterly earnings report, detailing $62.90 billion in revenue beating analyst expectations of $61.57 billion, with earnings per share hitting $2.91 beating an expected $2.78 EPS. The results…