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    1. Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

      Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

      September 20, 2017 12:20 PM Image Credit: agsandrew/Shutterstock In the world of business and design, we have started using terms like “algorithm” and “machine learning” as magic calculations for problems we would like to gloss over. These terms often become blockers for deeper problem solving and can stall even the most worthwhile projects. “We’ll figure it out with an algorithm” used generally is similar to the fantastic conversations my daughter and I had when she was six.

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    2. 5 small changes that drastically improve chatbot conversations | VentureBeat | Ai | by Ilker Koksal, Botanalytics

      5 small changes that drastically improve chatbot conversations | VentureBeat | Ai | by Ilker Koksal, Botanalytics

      GUEST: The current chatbot renaissance has provided a revolutionary new way to connect consumers with brands and with each other. That said, chatbots are still in a bit of a growth phase. Bot makers are still learning how to make their bots successful, and users are still getting a grasp on what bots can do and how to use them. One of the big challenges for many bot makers is how to emulate human conversation in their chatbot’s responses.

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      Mentions: NLP
    3. Doc.ai raises $2.3 million in cryptocurrency presale | VentureBeat | Commerce | by Khari Johnson

      Doc.ai raises $2.3 million in cryptocurrency presale | VentureBeat | Commerce | by Khari Johnson

      September 7, 2017 8:31 PM Above: Doc.ai's cryptocurrency tokens are called Neurons Image Credit: Doc.ai Doc.ai, a startup making natural language processing focused on health care, has raised $2.3 million in the early sale of digital tokens for its new cryptocurrency, Neurons. Doc.ai came out of stealth mode in late August and uses blockchain to timestamp and decentralize its datasets and conversational AI. It plans to release three NLP services within the next 12 months.

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    4. AI: The key to creating a next-gen banking experience (VB Live) | VentureBeat | Ai | by VB Staff

      AI: The key to creating a next-gen banking experience (VB Live) | VentureBeat | Ai | by VB Staff

      VB LIVE: The better you understand your users, the more relevant your financial wellness and chatbot solutions will be and the more meaningful your engagement. Learn how AI helps you detect financial and transactional patterns, predict future events, and become your users’ biggest ally when you join this VB Live event. Register now for free.

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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    5. Why the typical voicebot user is a 52-year-old woman | VentureBeat | Ai | by Dr. Hannu Verkasalo, Verto Analytics

      Why the typical voicebot user is a 52-year-old woman | VentureBeat | Ai | by Dr. Hannu Verkasalo, Verto Analytics

      August 5, 2017 11:18 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Africa Studio There’s a race heating up in the world of artificial intelligence , and it involves smartphones, consumers, and their voices. Voice-activated smartphone apps use a combination of artificial intelligence, cloud-based natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to power their services – and with all the buzz around these apps like Siri and Alexa, it’s clear that tech giants are competing for yet another area of consumer attention. While this is currently a small share of the app landscape, it’s also a rapidly evolving and expanding one ...

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    6. Facebook’s botched Messenger rollout isn’t hurting chatbots

      Facebook’s botched Messenger rollout isn’t hurting chatbots

      Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh @whiteboxamir August 1, 2017 2:10 PM Above: Messenger VP David Marcus onstage during the keynote address at the F8 annual developer conference held April 18-19 in San Jose, California. Image Credit: Khari Johnson / VentureBeat Last year, Facebook triggered a wave of hype surrounding chatbots and conversational interfaces in the wake of its rollout of 100,000 bots on Messenger.

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    7. Aiqudo raises $5.2 million for voice commands that control smartphone apps

      Aiqudo raises $5.2 million for voice commands that control smartphone apps

      Khari Johnson @kharijohnson July 26, 2017 5:00 AM Aiqudo today announced it has raised a $5.2 million funding round. The startup uses voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to control smartphone apps with pre-made or customizable voice commands. Aiqudo is currently available in beta in the Google Play Android store and is being reviewed for consideration in the iOS App Store. The funding will be used to hire more employees and expand Aiqudo operations, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat.

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    8. Why chatbots need a big push from deep learning

      Why chatbots need a big push from deep learning

      July 23, 2017 4:54 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Zapp2Photo Most tech giants are investing heavily both in applications and research, hoping to stay ahead of the curve of what many believe to be an inevitable AI led paradigm shift. At the forefront of this resurgence are the fields of conversational interactions (personal assistants or chatbots), computer vision and autonomous navigation, which thanks to advances in hardware, data availability and revolutionary machine learning techniques, have enjoyed tremendous progress within the span of just a few years. AI advances are turning problems previously thought to lie beyond the realm of ...

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      Mentions: NLP
    9. 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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    10. 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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      Mentions: Google London British
    11. 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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      Mentions: Apple CTO
    12. 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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    13. Soulmates.ai launches to help brands find compatible influencers using Ai | VentureBeat | Marketing | by Stewart Rogers

      Soulmates.ai launches to help brands find compatible influencers using Ai | VentureBeat | Marketing | by Stewart Rogers

      May 26, 2017 12:40 PM Image Credit: Shutterstock Influencer marketing is increasing in popularity, but the question of who to engage with raises an interesting quandary. Brands are finding that employing celebrities and mega-connectors comes with a high risk, and it doesn’t necessarily translate into a reasonable return. These placements also tend to be “one and done”— not a relationship that builds and grows over time.

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    14. 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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    15. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    16. 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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      Mentions: CMO
    17. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Geico Volvo
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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      Mentions: VentureBeat NLP
    21. 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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