Nearly a month ago, we released the world’s first developer platform that is driven by context instead of keywords. In the video above, listen to our CEO explain how developers can leverage MindMeld to their advantage, and why there is now a shift in the world of search.
The team that bowls together, stays together. Get bowled over with a few pictures from our recent team outing to Presidio Bowl.
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Broaden your understanding of search with the second video in our “Behind the Search” series, starring Suvda Myagmar.
Data is embedded inside nearly everything, and learning how to leverage that information can be an imperative part of a company’s equation for success. On March 19th and 20th, GigaOM will hold their annual Structure Data conference, which will explore the avenues where data can be applied to accelerate innovation. Our CEO will be speaking alongside SwiftKey’s Ben Medlock in a session on how artificial intelligence can make devices more adaptive to our needs.
“We decided that the movie wasn’t about technology, or if it was, that the technology should be invisible. And not invisible like a piece of glass.”— K.K. Barrett, Her's production designer (via Wired)
The understated aesthetic in Spike Jonze’s Her marks an important moment in how we imagine technology in the not-so-distant future. Silvery Jetsons gizmos and gadgets neglect to make an appearance in the movie. Instead, the film’s production designer constructed a world where technology is so simplistic, it almost becomes a natural extension of ourselves.
What is the difference between “short” and “shirt?” Expand your knowledge of the IPA charts and learn how these two words illustrate some striking nuances between two world languages.
MIT Technology Review selected Expect Labs as one of the world’s “50 Smartest Companies” of 2014, an honor that is a testament to our team’s vision and hard work over the past few years. According to the editors, “Expect Labs and the companies on the list represent the disruptive innovations most likely to change our lives.” It’s not only thrilling to be recognized for such a prestigious award, but it also exemplifies the significance of the problem we’re trying to solve.
"It might sound difficult to define what makes a smart company, but you know one when you see it," said Brian Bergstein, deputy editor of MIT Technology Review. “When such a company commercializes a truly innovative technology, things happen: leadership in a market is bolstered or thrown up for grabs. Competitors have to refine or rethink their strategies… Familiar names such as Apple and Facebook aren’t on this list because reputation doesn’t matter. We’re highlighting where important innovations are happening right now.”
Today marks an important turning point for our company. We’re happy to announce that our MindMeld API, the world’s first context-driven developer platform, is now available to the general public. The ability to build applications with contextual capabilities, similar to Siri, Google Now, and our own MindMeld app, was out of reach for individual developers — until today. At its core, our API allows developers to layer contextual search and recommendations into any website, app, or device in mere minutes. Some of the world’s leading companies are already leveraging our platform to build numerous smart applications — and now any developer can too.
The best part is that you can begin playing around with our API’s functionality right away. Simply sign up for a developer account and follow these three steps:
Searching for answers about search? Expand your understanding of search engines with the first video in our series on evaluating search quality.
This year’s Mobile Voice Conference is all about getting personal with personal assistants. Our Director of Research, Dr. Marsal Gavaldà, has been invited to speak at the event, organized by the Applied Voice Input and Output Society. The goal of AVIOS's Mobile Voice is to “give voice” to trends in the speech technology space by providing an arena for industry experts to present on various speech-related topics. Another theme for this year's conference is to showcase how personal assistants are not confined to the Googles and Apples of the world, and is a technology that companies of all sizes can leverage.
When using MindMeld and other software programs that leverage speech recognition technology, there is a lot of work that occurs under the hood to transform a person’s speech into signals a computer can understand. Here is an extremely simplified breakdown of how speech recognition works, courtesy of "How We Talk To Computers:”
Back in December, our Research Director, Dr. Marsal Gavaldà, flew to the Czech Republic to take part in the Automatic Speech Recognition Understanding Workshop, sponsored by IEEE. Key leaders working in the speech recognition space came out to discuss the challenges and opportunities that surface in this ever-changing field.
Gavaldà’s presentation lifts the curtain on how an anticipatory search engine can be built by combining information retrieval techniques, natural language processing, and speech recognition. Watch the entire presentation above, and gain a deeper understanding of our work with the MindMeld app and MindMeld API. Thanks for watching!