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Silicon Valley tech innovator PARC celebrates 40th anniversary
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center has been an ever-evolving lesson in how corporations can and should manage R&D.
29 September 2010 | LA Times
by Michael Hiltzik

"Institutions, like human beings, often treat their 40th birthdays as occasions for mid-life stock-taking. So it's not surprising that the 40th anniversary celebration at PARC last week was devoted as much to looking ahead to the future as to looking back at its fabled history...

I've been a close observer of PARC for more than a decade. That's not only because it's been that long since I wrote 'Dealers of Lightning,' a book about the place, but because PARC has been an ever-evolving lesson in how corporations can and should manage R&D — not only the innovations that play to their core markets, but those they can't exploit themselves."

 

PARC celebrates its 40 years of Silicon Valley innovation
23 September 2010 | CNET News
by Daniel Terdiman

"Most people who spoke up on the topic seemed to agree that the secret sauce that made PARC so successful was its highly talented employees."...

"These days, eight years after its 2002 spin-off, PARC is no longer serving Xerox exclusively but is still very much in the middle of the future of technology. According to Tamara St. Claire, PARC's vice president of global business development, the research hub is deep into clean tech, biomedical engineering, and natural language processing, among others, and counts among its clients Microsoft, Dai Nippon Printing, Sun/Oracle, Samsung, NEC, and Fujitsu. Many of its other high-profile clients prefer to keep their relationship with PARC secret so as not to tip off competitors, St. Claire said."

 

Why machines do not understand human speech
From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence.
9 April 2010 | BBC News
by BBC Click [broadcast]

Over the years researchers have been making in-roads into improving voice recognition and speech-to-text software. But being able to recognise words is still a long way from machines actually understanding what people are saying. Now the American Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) is working on an ambitious project with the aim to take computers' language skills to the next level. PARC's research on natural language processing was bought by search engine Powerset who combined it with data from online encyclopaedia Wikipedia...Microsoft has now bought Powerset technology for use on its Bing search engine.