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    1. PartyBOT is an AI that uses facial recognition and other tech to get your toes tapping

      PartyBOT is an AI that uses facial recognition and other tech to get your toes tapping

      PartyBOT is an AI who loves to party. You know that because it totally says so in his name. And he uses some pretty darn smart artificial intelligence to make sure you'll enjoy partying, too. More Subscribe on YouTube Ever wish Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri would let their hair down, stop being such know-it-all busybodies, and head out for a night on the town While it’s likely better to have some regular human friends to fill this role, you may still be interested to hear about PartyBOT.

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    2. Zocdoc’s new AI-powered search knows what you mean when you search ‘hemroids’

      Zocdoc’s new AI-powered search knows what you mean when you search ‘hemroids’

      zocdoc patient powered search doctor working at office desk More stokkete/123RF It’s not easy finding a new doctor. Whether the motivation is a big move to a foreign city or the simple swapping of insurance coverage, there’s a better way to find an MD than the yellow pages. It’s a search engine called Zocdoc , and starting on Tuesday, it will begin tapping machine learning to help surface physicians even better than it did before.

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    3. You can now shop for car insurance by chatting with a bot on Facebook Messenger

      You can now shop for car insurance by chatting with a bot on Facebook Messenger

      As Facebook continues to push and update its Messenger service to a growing audience, other companies are hopping on to see where the road goes. Insurify, which uses virtual agents for car insurance shopping, recently announced the launch of the first insurance comparison service on Messenger in the U.S. With the closing of a $4.6 million funding round, led by MassMutual Ventures and Nationwide Ventures, in addition to existing investors, Insurify is introducing a new insurance shopping experienc. The company’s patent-pending virtual agent, which is powered by artificial intelligence and natural language processing, lets you compare Quote ...

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    4. Attack on Slack: Google beefs up its Hangouts services, Meet and Chat

      Attack on Slack: Google beefs up its Hangouts services, Meet and Chat

      google hangouts meet chat g web incall endpoints ( ) More Hangouts , Google’s multi-platform messaging app, has played second fiddle to the newer, shinier Allo messenger since the latter’s debut last September. That is not surprising — counting Google’s other relatively new Duo messenger, the company has six chat apps. Google’s size aside, it’s difficult for any company to pay equal attention to members of a growing family.

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    5. Microsoft buys Maluuba’s AI technology to improve its reading comprehension

      Microsoft buys Maluuba’s AI technology to improve its reading comprehension

      Subscribe on YouTube Microsoft continues to build artificial intelligence into its various products, from the personal AI assistant Cortana to Microsoft Translator to the Azure cloud computing platform. The company has a number of its own internal AI research products, but sometimes that is just not enough. Because it needs AI capabilities that are sometimes very specific, Microsoft is not averse to going out and buying technology to meet particular requirements.

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    6. From smart cradles to contraction trackers, CES 2017 had tons of tech for parents

      From smart cradles to contraction trackers, CES 2017 had tons of tech for parents

      baby tech ces hatch More Having a baby and being a new mom require a whole lot of energy and effort. New parents often feel overwhelmed and could use a helping hand. Luckily, there’s a boom in baby tech that’s designed to help parents take care of their babies more easily. Technology that hasn’t changed in decades — like scales, blenders, and breast pumps — is now undergoing a revolution to be smarter, more portable, and very high tech.

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    7. Even your speakers can be smart thanks to a SoundHound and Onkyo partnership

      Even your speakers can be smart thanks to a SoundHound and Onkyo partnership

      soundhound onkyo smart speakers ces ncp More Your speakers are about to pick up what you’re putting down. Thanks to a new partnership between SoundHound, the voice-enabled conversational intelligence company, and Onkyo, producer of high-end consumer audio products, your speakers will not only play content for you to listen to, but listen to you as well.

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    8. Control your smart home with a new touchscreen hub known as WooHoo

      Control your smart home with a new touchscreen hub known as WooHoo

      Subscribe on YouTube If the emergence of smart homes isn’t a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is. And now, there’s a new smart home hub whose very name practically necessitates celebration. Meet WooHoo , branded as the “world’s first AI-embedded, interactive, and affordable smart home hub that enables comprehensive control of every smart device” in your home. It’s the flagship product from Silicon Valley-based startup SmartBeings, Inc , and it looks like a lot more than your Amazon Echo.

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    9. Google Cast, rebranded as Google Home, is now open to developers

      Google Cast, rebranded as Google Home, is now open to developers

      google cast rebrand home chromecast ultra More Google Cast was rebranded back in October, and now it’s getting a new set of contributors, too. A couple months after being renamed Google Home, the company’s digital assistant (the firm’s answer to, say, Amazon’s Alexa), is opening its doors to developers. That’s right — on Thursday , Google debuted its Actions on Google website for developers.

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    10. Jooble wants to help those in emerging markets find jobs via SMS

      Jooble wants to help those in emerging markets find jobs via SMS

      jooble find job pivot irrigation san luis co (vincent laforet farming aerial dup) More For most of us in the United States, mobile apps, while fun and entertaining, offer little by way of real substance . Sure, it’s great fun to beat your latest high score on Candy Crush , or send an ephemeral message to the friend sitting next to you, but let’s face it — nothing life-changing is really going on here.

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    11. Your next job interview might be conducted by an AI

      Your next job interview might be conducted by an AI

      . View photo In an attempt to streamline hiring, a millennial-focused, HR company called FirstJob, has launched a AI recruiting assistant named Mya that they say can automate up to 75 percent of the recruitment process. There’s nothing quite like a job interview to incite angst in recent college graduates. But the job recruitment process can be taxing for both applicants and companies, which spend long hours flipping through troves of résumés to determine the best candidates.

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    12. Julie Desk is the AI system that wants to schedule all your meetings for you

      Julie Desk is the AI system that wants to schedule all your meetings for you

      . View photo Meet Julie Desk, the artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant that organizes your meetings. Because you already have to spend your time going to these things -- at the very least, you shouldn't be wasting your time scheduling them. As important as we all (think we) are, we can’t all afford to have assistants scheduling our lives on our behalf. Not human assistants, at least. But thanks to the rise of the machine, your busy life might’ve just gotten a little more manageable.

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    13. Instagram is getting instantaneous text translations in its apps

      Instagram is getting instantaneous text translations in its apps

      . View photo Instagram has announced that users will soon be able to instantaneously translate captions, comments, bios and more within its applications with a tap of a button. The feature is set to be released in July 2016. Instagram has announced — via Instagram, of course — that it will soon implement on-the-fly translation of text in its mobile applications.

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    14. Google sends machine learning researchers to the mountain views of Switzerland

      Google sends machine learning researchers to the mountain views of Switzerland

      . View photo The largest concentration of Google engineers outside the U.S. is already in Zurich, where Google Research, Europe, is opening to study machine learning, machine intelligence, natural language processing and understanding, and machine perception. Google headquarters are in Mountain View, California, so it’s not that big a shift for the company to announce the opening of a machine learning research center at a location with mountain views of its own — in Zurich, Switzerland.

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    15. Microsoft’s Project Florence turns a plant’s electrical impulses into messages

      Microsoft’s Project Florence turns a plant’s electrical impulses into messages

      Be it Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain or a nocturne from Chopin, many budding gardeners will tell you that playing music for your plants boasts real benefits. But what if those same plants could actually talk back? Led by post-doc researcher Helene Steiner — an artist-in-residence for Microsoft Research’s Studio 99 program — the answer to this question may not be entirely unreachable.

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    16. Rawr looks to animate conversations by bringing virtual avatars to messaging

      Rawr looks to animate conversations by bringing virtual avatars to messaging

      . View photo Rawr is a messaging app that has a personalized avatar in the backdrop of conversations. You can trigger … Texts don’t always translate the tone of a message accurately, but a few Finnish developers believe that maybe an accompanying virtual avatar can. Futurefly’s new, free iOS messaging app depicts avatars in the backdrop of a conversation that can react according to hashtag commands.

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