C4A Research Institute

Computing for All through Linguistic Interaction Technologies

We are conducting research and development on dialogue systems technologies and related technologies such as natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interactions. Dialogue systems such as chatbots and personal assistants have been getting used but we think there are many new applications of dialogue system technologies. We are aiming at allowing all people to easily use information technologies through the applied research on dialogue systems with collaborating with the industry and academia. We also try to teach computer science and information technologies through the research and development of dialogue systems technologies.

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NASA wants private companies to sell it Moon rocks and dust

NASA has announced a new contract opportunity that will involve it purchasing Moon dust (called regolith) and rocks from a private space company. The intention was announced by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a post this week, with the official stating that utilizing private companies under its Artemis lunar program will help it save money and access new innovations developed by these companies. The new contract is part of this effort.

The new solicitation has been published online; it will be live until October 9, at which point interested companies will need to have their proposals submitted. According to Bridenstine, NASA wants a commercial company to gather space resources for it — meaning the regolith and rocks. A small quantity of both materials will be collected and sold to NASA.

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Apple Watchの心電図計が日本で医療機器承認、診察等で活用可能に

「アップルウォッチ外来」実現へ

Apple Watchが9月4日付けで「家庭用心電計プログラム」「家庭用心拍数モニタプログラム」の医療機器認証を取得したことが明らかになりました。

公益財団法人医療機器センターの「医療機器の承認速報」に掲載されていたもので、名称は「家庭用心電計プログラム」(Appleの心電図アプリケーション)、「家庭用心拍数モニタプログラム」(Appleの不規則な心拍の通知プログラム)の2つ。承認番号はそれぞれ「30200BZI00020000」「30200BZI00021000」となっています。

Apple Watchが日本でも医療機器承認を受けたことで、現在日本では利用できないECG(心電図計)が近く解禁される可能性もありそうです。

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Apple’s Fall Hardware Event Will Be Different—Very Different

Apple Watches, iPads, some secret surprises, and a reel of slickly produced videos to drive it all home. Just like old times … sort of.

SEPTEMBER HAS A special kind of significance, particularly in the northern hemisphere. The ninth month of the year means back to school, the change of seasons, the autumnal equinox. From a young age we’re attuned to these rhythms, and then sometime in adulthood they’re muted by all of the Other Things that occupy our brain space. Unless, you work in tech, love to read about tech, or are employed to write about tech. In that case, September is for tech events—Apple events.

For more than a decade, Apple has hosted a “special event” in September, capitalizing on those fresh-start feelings and presenting its new wares well in advance of the critical holiday buying season. The scene-stealer is supposed to be the iPhone. Over the years, more product categories have crept on stage, like watches and headphones and tablets and a smart speaker. But the iPhone is September, and September is the iPhone.

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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei appears to be in a position now to bring heat to their biggest competitors in Google and Apple. Whether or not by necessity, Huawei’s moving forward with their alternative to Android, HarmonyOS, with a version of the operating system coming to smartphones this December. That means that before the end of 2020, Huawei’s releasing their biggest stand-alone effort in the smartphone market yet.

HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta version for developers was announced as ready to roll for several sorts of devices by September 10th, 2020 (today) by Huawei. Huawei announced that Smart TVs, watches, and head units will have access to the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta version for developers starting this week. This includes the SDK (software development kit), documentation, tools, and simulator for developers…

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