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FOR WRITERS: Let’s Hear It For the WIP

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Scott: One of the tools I’ve been using lately for later drafts is to use a text-reading app to listen to my work. It takes me outside of it, and helps me catch typos, duplicate words and iissues with the flow. Do you do the same? If so, how does it help you and what app do you use? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the … Read more

Researchers Create Non-Binary Virtual Assistant Voice

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Sam, the first non-binary voice assistant, has been introduced by researchers to take on Siri and Alexa. Accenture Labs and Edinburgh-based text-to-speech technology provider CereProc have teamed up to create a non-binary AI voice, providing representation for queer people and challenging voice assistant gender biases. According to a report this year by Juniper Research, consumers will have interacted with voice assistants on 4.2 billion devices by the end of 2020, and this figure is set to reach 8.4 billion by 2024. The world of voice assistants has long been dominated by female voices, most famously Siri and Alexa, but research has shown that … Read more

SCIENCE: Stephen Hawking’s Family Will Beam His Voice Toward a Black Hole

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Stephen Hawking’s family plans to broadcast a recording of his voice toward a black hole while his ashes are interred at Westminster Abbey, according to a report in the Telegraph. Hawking’s most important work was on the structure of black holes. The famous physicist showed in 1974 that, contrary to popular belief at the time, black holes do in fact emit radiation. So it seems appropriate that a bit of radiation associated with Einstein will make its way back into a black hole. [Stephen Hawking: A Physics Icon Remembered in Photos] His daughter, Lucy Hawking, told the British press in … Read more