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Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Both studies transcribed recordings from the Switchboard corpus, a collection…

‘We are all just mind-boggled:’ scenes from the total solar eclipse of 2017 – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

For one brief moment, day became night. And the sun was replaced by a black circle — ringed on all sides with gleaming white fire. As the Great American Eclipse made landfall in the tiny coastal town of Newport, Ore., the rowdy crowd that gathered on its beach was stunned by the sight into an eerie silence. In Casper, Wyo., a man blew a shofar, as others rang bells and…

Yes, Donald Trump really did look into the sky during the solar eclipse – CNN

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

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Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30 – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

The Secret Service said Monday that it has enough money to cover the cost of protecting President Trump and his family through the end of September, but after that the agency will hit a federally mandated cap on salaries and overtime unless Congress intervenes. If lawmakers don’t lift the cap, about a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid, agency officials said. “The Secret Service…

Top Navy admiral orders fleetwide investigation following latest collision at sea – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

SEOUL — The Navy’s top admiral on Monday ordered a fleetwide review of seamanship and training in the Pacific after the service’s fourth major accident at sea this year, a collision of the USS John S. McCain off Singapore that left 10 sailors missing. The accident, which occurred east of the Strait of Malacca about 5:24 a.m. local time with an oil tanker three times the size of the guided-missile…

Five things to watch for in Trump’s big speech – The Hill

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

President Trump will unveil his long-awaited strategy for Afghanistan in a prime-time address on Monday night from Fort Myer, Va. Trump wrestled for months with how to move forward with the 16-year-old war that top generals say has descended into stalemate. The president was expected to make a decision on the strategy before his first NATO meeting in May. When that didn’t happen, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump to…