Thirteen years after Microsoft was pilloried for anti-trust practices in the United States and Europe, the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee is setting its sights on Google. Google's dominance over the internet search and advertising business has allowed the company to turn into a behemoth, expanding into streaming video, smartphones, web browsers, and other areas, including its acquisition of restaurant ratings group Zagat's earlier this month. But now the federal government is investigating whether Google gives its own businesses preferred placement in its search results, thwarting competition.
Computers can speak and understand spoken language. They can also convert text to speech, speech to text, and so much more. Julia Hirschberg, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University, and Steve Lohr, New York Times technology reporter, explain how computers can converse with humans, identify voices and dialects, detect deception, recognize human emotions, and generate images to illustrate text.