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Now Comes Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Designed Perfumes For Sale

The company also plans to introduce "Philyra" into their Perfumery School to help train the next generation of perfumers, firmly embedding AI into the heart of its organisation

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Artificial Intelligence now helps design novel perfumes.

Tech major IBM and Symrise, one of the top global producers of flavours and fragrances, have created industry’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-designed perfumes for sale.

The AI-based system named “Philyra” can learn about perfume formulas, raw materials, historical success data and industry trends, IBM Research said in a statement late on Saturday.

“Building on previous IBM research using AI to pair flavours and for recipe creation, as well as our new IBM Research AI for Product Composition, we created Philyra,” said Richard Goodwin, Principal Research Scientist, IBM Research.

The AI tool uses new and advanced Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to sift through hundreds of thousands of formulas and thousands of raw materials, helping identify patterns and novel combinations.

“Philyra does more than serve up inspiration – it can design entirely new fragrance formulas by exploring the entire landscape of fragrance combinations to discover the whitespaces in the global fragrance market,” Goodwin added.

When it comes to new perfume design, “Philyra” learns a distance model to identify fragrances that are close in smell to existing fragrances.

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The AI-based system named “Philyra” can learn about perfume formulas, raw materials, historical success data and industry trends. Pixabay

The larger the distance between a fragrance and its neighbours, the more novel the perfume is predicted to be.

Symrise has used “Philyra” to design two perfumes, scheduled to launch in mid-2019.

Symrise’s long-term goal is to introduce this technology to their master perfumers around the globe and continue to use the solution for the design of fragrances for personal care and home care products.

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The company also plans to introduce “Philyra” into their Perfumery School to help train the next generation of perfumers, firmly embedding AI into the heart of its organisation.

“Our research continues to push the boundaries of augmenting human expertise using AI and demonstrating how AI can assist in domains where creativity is key,” said Goodwin. (IANS)

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Google Adding AI Dictation Feature on its Gboard Keyboard

For now, the on-device Gboard speech recogniser has been made available in American English language on all Pixel devices

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Google adding an Artificially Intelligent (AI) offline dictation feature on its Gboard keyboard for Pixel phones that would allow users to speak out emails and texts even without an Internet connection.

“We’re happy to announce the rollout of an end-to-end, all-neural, on-device speech recognizer to power speech input in Gboard which is always available, even when you are offline,” Johan Schalkwyk, Speech Team, Google wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google has designed the feature to work at the character level.

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“As you speak, it outputs words character-by-character, just as if someone was typing out what you say in real-time. It is exactly as you’d expect from a keyboard dictation system,” Schalkwyk said.

To increase use-parameters of the speech recognition feature, Google said it has hosted the new model on device in order to avoid the latency and inherent unreliability of communication networks.

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For now, the on-device Gboard speech recogniser has been made available in American English language on all Pixel devices.

“We are hopeful that the techniques presented here can soon be adopted in more languages and across broader domains of application,” Schalkwyk added. (IANS)