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    1. Google now provides AI-powered translations for Arabic and Hebrew

      Above: Google Translate. Image Credit: Jordan Novet / VentureBeat Google today announced that it’s switching over to neural machine translations, resulting in more natural suggestions, for two more languages: Arabic and Hebrew. Google first started using this approach in September and has been gradually rolling it out to more languages, with a goal of using it for all 103 supported languages.

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    2. Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng is stepping down, Haifeng Wang will lead expanded AI group

      Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng is stepping down, Haifeng Wang will lead expanded AI group

      Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr Andrew Ng, who joined Chinese search company Baidu as its chief scientist after contributing to the creation of Google’s Google Brain artificial intelligence (AI) research group, today announced that he will be leaving Baidu. The company will consolidate existing research groups under a new leader, Haifeng Wang.

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    3. Cisco gives $1 million more to enterprise startup accelerator Alchemist

      Cisco gives $1 million more to enterprise startup accelerator Alchemist

      Above: The most recent Demo Day for Alchemist Accelerator startups was in January 2017 Image Credit: Alchemist Accelerator Cisco is making a $1 million investment in startup accelerator Alchemist Accelerator to support an accelerator program track focused on enterprise collaboration, Alchemist Accelerator managing partner Ravi Belani told VentureBeat in a phone interview.

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    4. How AI-enabled devices will affect businesses in 2017

      How AI-enabled devices will affect businesses in 2017

      Tags: ai , Alexa , Amazon Dot , bots , chatbots , Echo , machine learning Image Credit: Shutterstock.com / Zapp2Photo Someone made a lot of new friends over the holidays. And by a lot, we’re talking about millions. Her name is Alexa , and along with her acquaintances (perhaps frenemies?) Cortana and Siri, she’s about to become as much a part of the daily life of American households as Alfred the butler is at Wayne Manor.

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    5. What Salesforce Einstein teaches us about enterprise AI

      What Salesforce Einstein teaches us about enterprise AI

      Above: Einstein in Salesforce Service Cloud. Image Credit: Salesforce Every business has customers. Every customer needs care. That’s why CRM is so critical to enterprises, but between incomplete data and clunky workflows, sales and marketing operations at most companies are less-than-optimal. At the same time, companies who aren’t Google or Facebook don’t have the billion dollar R&D budgets to build out AI teams to take away our human efficiencies.

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    6. Ai + mobile commerce: No longer a nice-to-have (VB Live) | VentureBeat | Ai | by VB Staff

      Ai + mobile commerce: No longer a nice-to-have (VB Live) | VentureBeat | Ai | by VB Staff

      Tags: ai , AI customer support , artificial intelligence , chatbots , mobile commerce , natural language processing Image Credit: Shutterstock AI ain’t a maybe anymore in the mobile commerce world. In this interactive VB Live event, we’ll dive deep into the latest Insight consumer study on bots to share how AI will transform your mobile commerce strategy, and tell you how to get started with full C-suite support. Register here for free. Chatbots are adorable, right?

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      Mentions: Taco Bell
    7. How AI will help you connect with customers

      How AI will help you connect with customers

      Tags: ai , bots , chatbots , Cortana , GumGum , machine learning Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/yougoigo The age of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us. As many in the field already know, AI in its various forms and expressions — neural networks, machine learning, computer vision , and so on — isn’t a new media-fueled fad or trend, but rather the next era of our tech-centric civilization.

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    8. Deloitte predicts machine intelligence, not mere AI, as a big trend for 2017 | VentureBeat | Ai | by Blaise Zerega

      Deloitte predicts machine intelligence, not mere AI, as a big trend for 2017 | VentureBeat | Ai | by Blaise Zerega

      Above: Deloitte's Tech Trends 2017: The Kinetic Enterprise Image Credit: Deloitte Conventional wisdom holds that artificial intelligence is the next great horizontal technology that will unleash future waves of innovation. Yet AI is not a single type of technology. It takes many forms and encompasses many, many uses. And to focus on AI is to miss the forest for the trees.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple IDC
    9. How AI is enabling the intelligent enterprise

      How AI is enabling the intelligent enterprise

      Tags: bots , chatbots , Enterprise , Rage Frameworks Image Credit: Montri Nipitvittaya/Shutterstock There has been an unprecedented, and continuing, volume of data growth worldwide. By some estimates, 90 percent of all data on the internet is unstructured text . Enterprises have an enormous opportunity to gain insights from this data, and it will become a competitive necessity to analyze it to achieve valuable and actionable insights to help shape business outcomes.

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      Mentions: NLU
    10. Toyota's latest concept car uses AI to understand your driving habits | VentureBeat | Ai | by Ken Yeung

      Toyota's latest concept car uses AI to understand your driving habits | VentureBeat | Ai | by Ken Yeung

      Above: A rendering of Toyota's newest concept car, the Concept-i. Image Credit: Toyota Toyota on Wednesday unveiled the next concept car it’s working on, called the Concept-i. Jumping into the autonomous vehicle space, the car maker doesn’t envision a system to let you get to your destination hands-free, but rather one that knows not only your route, but also driving patterns, schedules, emotion, and other data points.

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      Mentions: Japan Google Honda
    11. Accenture’s top 5 predictions for what will be hot at CES 2017

      Accenture’s top 5 predictions for what will be hot at CES 2017

      Above: Accenture's predictions for CES 2017. Image Credit: Accenture Roughly 177,000 people are expected to converge on Las Vegas next week for the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2017 will have around 2 million square feet of exhibit space, and I’ll be there checking out the event with VentureBeat writers Ken Leung and John Brandon. We’ll all be trying to figure out what the big themes of the show will be.

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    12. 9 predictions for AI in 2017 | VentureBeat | Bots | by Matt Bencke, Spare5

      9 predictions for AI in 2017 | VentureBeat | Bots | by Matt Bencke, Spare5

      Tags: 2017 , ai , bots , chatbots , predictions , Spare5 Image Credit: Shutterstock AI has been hot in 2016, and it’s not cooling off anytime soon. The investments, acquisitions, trials, reorganizations and breakthroughs of the past year have set the AI industry up to have tremendous impact over the next twelve months. Here are nine predictions to watch for in 2017: 1.

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    13. Machines are becoming smarter marketers

      Machines are becoming smarter marketers

      Tags: Colin Kelley Image Credit: Tatiana Shepeleva/Shutterstock Marketing is only helpful when it’s meeting a need. It sounds simple, but those needs can be really tough to parse. Like any consumer, my needs evolve every day, if not every minute. I won’t stand for poorly targeted ads or messages that are irrelevant to me. I work in marketing technology, and this industry has been talking about data-driven personalization for years.

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    14. API.ai launches payments and unlimited queries to its bot platform following Google acquisition

      API.ai launches payments and unlimited queries to its bot platform following Google acquisition

      Above: Google logo Image Credit: Carlos Luna Bots made with API.ai can now complete transactions, use photos and videos, and send an unlimited amount of messages, the company announced today. These are some of the first publicly announced changes to API.ai since Google acquired the company in September, a day before the launch of the Allo chat app and its Google Assistant. New features include the ability to add cards, quick-reply buttons, or images to bots created with its platform.

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    15. Bots and banks: The next step in digital engagement is here — if you’re ready (VB Live)

      Bots and banks: The next step in digital engagement is here — if you’re ready (VB Live)

      Tags: bots , chatbots , Envestnet | Yodlee , financial services apps , financial services technology , Fintech , fintech chatbots , Forrester Research Image Credit: Shutterstock How do you stay competitive in an increasingly bot-engaged market, with a relatively young technology, in a complex industry where a single error could be devastating? Join this VB Live event to find out how financial companies can minimize risk, maximize customer satisfaction and transform their brand.

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    16. How to apply natural language processing in the enterprise

      How to apply natural language processing in the enterprise

      Above: A.I. will help in the enterprise sooner than you think. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Vladitto It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transitioning out of R&D labs and into the mainstream market for enterprise applications. Leaders in the computer vision space such as those developing autonomous cars have continually made headlines as the new technology breaks ground.

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    17. Toronto is proving to be a hotbed for machine learning

      Toronto is proving to be a hotbed for machine learning

      Tags: Creative Destruction Lab , Geoff Hinton Lab , Gideon Hayden , machine learning , MKT4INTEL , Toronto , Waterloo Image Credit: Dan Sedran/Shutterstock If you’re interested in learning about, investing in, or building a company involved in machine learning, Toronto should be on your radar. Here are five reasons why: 1. The Geoff Hinton Lab Mafia If you’ve been following the industry, you likely know all about Geoff Hinton’s lab based out of the University of Toronto .

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    18. Udacity partners with IBM Watson to launch the AI Nanodegree

      Udacity partners with IBM Watson to launch the AI Nanodegree

      Tags: IBM , IBM Watson , udacity Above: IBM Watson servers Online education platform Udacity has partnered with IBM Watson to launch a new artificial intelligence (AI) Nanodegree program. Costing $1,600 for the full two-term, 26-week course, the AI Nanodegree covers a myriad of topics including logic and planning, probabilistic inference, game-playing / search, computer vision, cognitive systems, and natural language processing (NLP).

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    19. Why enterprise bot Talla no longer wants to be called an intelligent assistant

      Why enterprise bot Talla no longer wants to be called an intelligent assistant

      Above: Talla logo Image Credit: Talla Talla is one of the most popular bots in the Slack App Directory but it doesn’t want to be known as an intelligent assistant anymore, CEO Rob Talla told VentureBeat in a phone interview. The company is entering a transitional stage after learning a series of lessons in beta testing this year.

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    20. Freshdesk acquires Chatimity to make enterprise bots

      Freshdesk acquires Chatimity to make enterprise bots

      Above: Chatimity team at Freshdesk headquarters in San Francisco. Image Credit: Chatimity Customer support software company Freshdesk announced today that it has acquired chat app and bot creator Chatimity. Freshdesk did not disclose the terms of the deal. Chatimity is a chat app with 3 million registered users that makes business to consumer bots and A.I.-powered bots like MITI, which uses natural language processing to automate thousands of conversations at once.

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    21. How to improve every customer experience with A.I. and machine learning (VB Live)

      How to improve every customer experience with A.I. and machine learning (VB Live)

      VB Staff October 12, 2016 3:25 PM Tags: ai , AI marketing , artificial intelligence , Boomtrain , FoundRobot , marketing personalization , predictive marketing , Robert Hoffer , Smarter Child , VB Insight webinars Image Credit: Shutterstock There are chatbots, and then there are the bots built to understand and strengthen a customer’s experience with your brand. Which would your user rather talk to? Join our latest VB Live event with Smarter Child creator to learn more about how to turn A.I.

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