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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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
    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Google
    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Apple Google
    9. 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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      Mentions: NLP
    10. 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
    11. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Google Netflix
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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
    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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