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    1. Google advances AI with 'one model to learn them all' | VentureBeat | Ai | by Blair Hanley Frank

      Google advances AI with 'one model to learn them all' | VentureBeat | Ai | by Blair Hanley Frank

      June 19, 2017 8:14 AM Above: Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Image Credit: Drew Tarvin/Flickr Google quietly released an academic paper that could provide a blueprint for the future of machine learning. Called “One Model to Learn Them All,” it lays out a template for how to create a single machine learning model that can address multiple tasks well.

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    2. Facebook's AI for targeting terrorists will go beyond Muslim extremists | VentureBeat | Ai | by Khari Johnson

      Facebook's AI for targeting terrorists will go beyond Muslim extremists | VentureBeat | Ai | by Khari Johnson

      Following sharp criticism from the leaders of European nations, as well as concerns from its own community, Facebook is training artificial intelligence to target terrorist messaging and propaganda on its platform. This AI will target Muslim extremists like ISIS but will also be aimed at any group with a violent mission or that has engaged in acts of violence, a source close to the company has informed VentureBeat.

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    3. Forget chatbots -- you should create a workbot instead | VentureBeat | Bots | by Oren Ariel, Capriza

      Forget chatbots -- you should create a workbot instead | VentureBeat | Bots | by Oren Ariel, Capriza

      Forget chatbots — you should create a workbot instead Oren Ariel, Capriza 12 hours ago It’s no secret that chatbots are growing in popularity. From Facebook’s ecommerce bots for consumers to a plethora of customer service tools that now rely on chatbots to interface with customers, it’s clear that consumer chatbots have hit mainstream.

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    4. Customer service should mimic the 5 levels of autonomous cars

      Customer service should mimic the 5 levels of autonomous cars

      June 12, 2017 2:10 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock / Melpomene In 1900, 41 percent of the U.S. workforce was employed in agriculture . By the year 2000, that number had dropped to 1.9 percent. This massive shift in labor was mostly due to advances in technology and mechanization, allowing for fewer people to create more crop. In the 21st century, other sectors will see the same kind of shift, with automation and AI at its heart. Many industries are already going through a similar process.

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    5. The AI Buddy Project is building an assistant to support kids of military families

      The AI Buddy Project is building an assistant to support kids of military families

      Image Credit: Vidax Center If a soldier dies in war, can a virtual assistant play a role in their kid’s life to listen, encourage, and be a friend in hard times? How long should the assistant be an active part of that child’s life: A few weeks? Years? These are questions being considered by The AI Buddy Project , an effort recently launched to create a virtual assistant for the children of active duty military servicemembers deployed overseas.

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    6. Voicebot market growing faster than ever, but here’s a realistic take

      Voicebot market growing faster than ever, but here’s a realistic take

      May 28, 2017 4:54 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Peppinuzzo Voice technology that power devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home is the next frontier for tech companies. Facebook’s announcement to launch ParlAI recently only intensified the industry’s ambition to reach the ultimate goal of having meaningful conversations with computers by voice. But let’s hold our horses; we’re not there yet.

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    7. Why a quick chat with a bot solves a lot of problems | VentureBeat | Bots | by Tony Lucas, Converse.ai

      Why a quick chat with a bot solves a lot of problems | VentureBeat | Bots | by Tony Lucas, Converse.ai

      May 28, 2017 12:10 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock.com / Zapp2Photo Why do chatbots work? Because a quick chat resolves a lot of problems. The workplace is no different and yet we spend a lot of our time managing processes and slogging through impersonal workflows to manage mundane but essential tasks. It would be better to handle these with a chat too and that’s exactly what conversational workflow promises. The capabilities of chatbots have expanded significantly in recent years.

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    8. How chatbots can settle an insurance claim in 3 seconds | VentureBeat | Ai | by Alex Sun, Mitchell International

      How chatbots can settle an insurance claim in 3 seconds | VentureBeat | Ai | by Alex Sun, Mitchell International

      May 27, 2017 10:14 PM Above: New Volvo V90 Cross Country Driving Image Credit: Volvo At Amazon’s prototype grocery store, Amazon Go , customers can walk in, pick up what they want and walk out, without ever waiting in a checkout line or pulling out a wallet. Amazon will automatically charge their account and send them a receipt. Run out of paper towels? No problem. Amazon Prime customers can place an order from their phone and get same-day delivery.

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    9. Can AI detect fake news? | VentureBeat | Ai | by Hira Saeed

      Can AI detect fake news? | VentureBeat | Ai | by Hira Saeed

      May 1, 2017 12:10 PM Above: U.S. President Donald Trump Image Credit: Mail.ru Traditional media is in trouble. They are no longer the only source of news and information. Internet and social media have become the main platform for news sharing. Pew Research Center Reports indicate that 62 percent of Americans get their news from social media . The rise of social media also means that anyone and everyone can create and share news stories, whether they are true or not.

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    10. This week's top Indian tech news | VentureBeat | Business | by Jayadevan PK, FactorDaily

      This week's top Indian tech news | VentureBeat | Business | by Jayadevan PK, FactorDaily

      GUEST: Here’s a quick wrap-up of the biggest stories from India this week. 1. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is optimistic about the company’s prospects in India , a $16 billion e-commerce market. Amazon has already committed $5 billion to grow it’s presence in the country, and Bezos called out the performance of its India business at its earnings call last Thursday. He said that the company’s website is the most visited and fastest growing marketplace in India.

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    11. Facebook Messenger bots work in groups now — just don’t expect them to chat

      Facebook Messenger bots work in groups now — just don’t expect them to chat

      Above: Facebook Messenger engineering manager Mikhail Larionov speaks with bot developers at F8 2017. Image Credit: Khari Johnson / VentureBeat Yesterday at its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook launched Messenger Platform 2.0, and discovery was the main theme, with the addition of new features like chat extensions and bot recommendations by Facebook’s intelligent assistant M . With chat extensions, bots finally gained the ability to interact with people in a group settings.

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    12. The art of algorithms: How automation is affecting creativity | VentureBeat | Ai | by Paul Sawers

      The art of algorithms: How automation is affecting creativity | VentureBeat | Ai | by Paul Sawers

      Above: Robot typing on fluorescent keyboard. Image Credit: Shutterstock “Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult — so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw,” wrote Google Creative Lab’s “creative technologist,” Dan Motzenbecker, earlier this week.

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    13. Unleash AI-augmented customer service for peanuts (VB Live)

      Unleash AI-augmented customer service for peanuts (VB Live)

      Tags: ai , AI customer support , artificial intelligence , machine learning , natural language processing , Nexmo , predictive marketing , Vonage Image Credit: Shutterstock Flawless customer service directly impacts your bottom line — and now anyone can deliver, with super-powered AI and machine learning solutions. Join our interactive VB Live event and find out how you can easily, cheaply, and effectively implement AI into your call center now — and why you need to. Register here for free.

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    14. AI is now the best friend IT ever had

      AI is now the best friend IT ever had

      Tags: ai , bots , chatbots , machine learning , xMatters Image Credit: Shutterstock If you look past the hype, existential concerns, and fear that Alexa is a CIA mole, there are some genuinely exciting developments happening in the world of artificial intelligence. Some of these have very specific applications, such as medical imaging, diagnostic capabilities, or satellite imagery recognition.

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    15. 5 distractions that cloud our thinking about AI

      5 distractions that cloud our thinking about AI

      Kathryn Hume. Fast Forward Labs @HumeKathryn April 5, 2017 2:10 PM Tags: ai , artificial intelligence , bots , chatbots , conversational interfaces , distractions , end of work , existential risk , job loss , jobs , personhood , UBI , universal basic income One of the main arguments the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari makes in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is that humans differ from other species because we can cooperate flexibly in large numbers, united in cause and spirit not by anything real, but by the fictions of our collective imagination. Examples of these fictions include gods, nations, money, and human rights, which are supported by ...

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    16. How chatbots will help conversational interfaces win the race | VentureBeat | Bots | by Abinash Tripathy, Helpshift

      Image Credit: Shutterstock.com / Pete Saloutos Computers, like many other technologies, were originally made for the 1 percent. More than 50 years ago, people would be as likely to touch a computer as to perform brain surgery. It wasn’t until Apple created the Apple II, specifically marketed to the masses, that computers began to penetrate the American market. And it wasn’t until many years afterward that computers (including tablets and smartphones) became truly present in the global market.

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    17. Protagonist Platform launches to uncover customer narratives using machine learning

      Protagonist Platform launches to uncover customer narratives using machine learning

      Tags: ai , customer stories , machine learning , marketing , marketing technology , Marketing Weekly , martech , narrative analysis , NLP Image Credit: Shutterstock Despite the breadth and depth of the marketing technology universe and the emergence of AI and machine learning capabilities, marketing hasn’t really changed in hundreds of years. It has always been about understanding your customer and communicating with them efficiently and effectively.

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    18. How your voice will help you understand data analytics

      How your voice will help you understand data analytics

      By Christmas 2016, Amazon’s Alexa was in 4 percent of American homes . Apple’s Siri handles more than 2 billion voice queries each week . And approximately 20 percent of Google search queries on Android devices are executed by voice . Increasing adoption of voice interfaces like these point to a fundamental shift in how we interact with our devices. In the span of just a few years, we’ve gone from the tyranny of the wired desktop mouse to mobile’s portable touchscreens.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    19. How AI will boost your sales

      How AI will boost your sales

      Tags: ai , bots , chatbots , machine learning , Salesforce Image Credit: Shutterstock.com / Rawpixel.com Every morning, I see a self-driving car cruising around my neighborhood. The only thing that’s remarkable about it is how unremarkable it is. There aren’t scientists running alongside it, or press taking photos. When I see it, I’m reminded that artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t some future dream; it’s here, now, in our everyday lives.

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    20. 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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    21. 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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