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.

How to Get Started with Bottlerocket OS

Bottlerocket OS is a new operating system from Amazon tailored to host containers in the cloud. It is a stripped-down Linux implementation, to be more precise, that includes the Linux Kernel with support for an atomic update mechanism and is capable of providing automatic updates. This free, open-source, Linux-based operating system is largely written in Rust and is primarily focused on running within Amazon’s cloud infrastructure. It provides a reliable, consistent, and secure platform that can be leveraged in container-based environments.

This article presents a discussion on container-based environments, the benefits of using the Bottlerocket OS, and how one can get started using this new operating system.

Google confirms Android 11 will limit third-party camera apps because of location spying fears

Google is making a change in Android 11 that will force apps that want to take photos or video to use the phone’s built-in camera app — even if you’ve made a different camera app, like OpenCamera, your default choice for photos.

“[W]e believe it’s the right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users,” the Android engineering team wrote on August 17th, adding that apps that call on the camera would need to explicitly name each and every third-party camera app they’d like to support. Now, Google’s giving us the reason: it’s to keep bad actors from potentially harvesting your location.

Build your own open source alternative to Google Suite with Nextcloud

The open source cloud collaboration suite has made major gains in recent years. Take a look at what you’ve missed.

A few years ago, I installed Nextcloud for a local theatre and museum that was looking for an on-premises cloud solution. As an advocate for open source, I always seek out open source options first, and Nextcloud was the most-common open source cloud solution among my peers. I’ve also used it for some personal projects, but I hadn’t looked at it in a while.

I recently revisited Nextcloud and was amazed by all the changes I saw. The project has evolved into a complete solution that can replace big-name solutions like Google Drive and Microsoft 365. Nextcloud’s new feature set, especially Nextcloud Hub, is outstanding, offering collaborative documentation editing, file version control, integrated chat and video calling, and more.