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Bots that work everywhere

Tom Hadfield Contributor<p>Tom Hadfield is the CEO of Message.io, the bot syndication service backed by Khosla Ventures, Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store<br>• Mobile Messaging Conjures A …

Sequoia has backed PatSnap, another UK tech startup that's focusing on China

The Silicon Valley VC firm — which backed Apple, Google, and Facebook in their early days — has led a funding round in a London-based cloud software company called PatSnap, which describes itself as an "IP intelligence" business.<p>The size of the Series C funding round was not disclosed but PatSnap …

Defining our relationship with early AI

Andrew Heikkila Contributor<p>Andrew Heikkila is a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Technology, happiness on demand and the absurd human condition<br>• Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs<p><i>“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack</i> …

The mad sprint to banking chatbots has begun

Apple announcements are like holidays in our office, and the new iOS release in September was no exception. Since then, AI assistant news has moved at warp speed. Every Alexa update is a new opportunity for fintech integration. Google, with its latest releases, is also now in the running.<p>Add to …

Chatbots

Building your bot's brain with Node.js and spaCy

<i>This is a guest post by Wah Loon Keng, the author of spacy-nlp, a client that exposes spaCy's NLP text parsing to Node.js (and other languages) via</i> …

Google's Jamboard is a 4K digital whiteboard for collaboration

It's hard to recall today, but being able to edit a document at the same time as others was a transformative feature for Google's suite of online office apps. That feature debuted a decade ago, though; these days, it's something most of us probably take for granted. And as useful as real-time …

Google buys Eyefluence eye-tracking startup

Google wants to know everywhere that you’re looking.<p>Today, Eyefluence announced that it has been acquired by Google. The eye-tracking interface startup founded in 2013 had raised $21.6M in funding from investors including Intel Capital, Jazz Venture Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and …

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again

With all the hustle and bustle going on in the world of chatbots at the moment, one crucial event that is very relevant to the future of A.I. has gone relatively unnoticed. If you are interested in chatbots and A.I., you may have heard about the Loebner Prize, which was created by Hugh Loebner and …

berkeley-doc-summarizer

The Berkeley Document Summarizer is a learning-based single-document summarization system. It compresses source document text based on constraints …

Google Assistant could be the killer bot, but it’s missing a key feature

As Google Allo becomes available worldwide, just over a week into its existence, its Google Assistant is already being called a standout in the rapidly growing field of bots.<p>Pete Skomoroch, founder of early-stage startup Skipflag and formerly a principal data scientist at LinkedIn, called the …

The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2

The world’s most prestigious startup school launched 48 companies today at part 2 of its Summer 2016 Demo Day. Nanoparticle analytics and delivery robots were amongst the products revealed in the B2B, biotech, enterprise, edtech, fintech, and hardware verticals. You can check out our write-ups of …

An experimental diet mimics a rare genetic mutation that claims to slow down aging and guard against disease

The obese 50-year-old woman stands just 115.6 cm (3'9.5'') tall. Despite being overweight, Mercy shows no sign of developing diabetes and has remarkably low blood pressure at 100/70.<p>"That's why they don't care much about their weight," says her doctor, Jaime Guevara-Aguirre.<p>Mercy, who has a rare …

The Money Spent Selling Sugar to Americans Is Staggering

Why do we eat what we eat? Three experts attempt to answer.<p>There are new Pop Tarts, and they are Limited Edition. I know this because it says “Limited Edition” in bold red lettering inside a yellow banner that circumscribes the box. For an unspecified but finite amount of time only, Pop Tarts are …

Public Health

Humans Aren’t Special: Carl Safina’s 'Beyond Words' Delves Deep Into Animal Minds

Spending hours watching whales, wolves, and elephants in their natural habitats presents wildlife biologists with mountains of data that would quickly overwhelm most animal lovers. But when the time comes to catalog it all, renowned marine ecologist Carl Safina reminds us that the work is far from …

Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.

Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn't previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released Tuesday.<p>Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and …

Drug Addiction

Our Bodies, Our Machines: Inside The “New Intimacy” Of The Digital Age

Internet porn, techno-lust, and machine-powered sex are explored in new media artist Faith Holland’s exhibit, Technophilia.<p>Ethernet cords glisten, as though lubricated with Astroglide. Anonymously volunteered semen shots become hyper-colored collages. A series of endlessly looping GIFs satirize …

This new site keeps track of failed startups and why they flopped

A new website — Autopsy.io— just launched to keep those failures all together in one neat place, complete with a summary of why each company flopped, in hopes of providing a lesson for others to learn from.<p>In a simple spreadsheet format, the site lists each startup name, its basic idea, the …

Inside The Mind That Built Google Brain: On Life, Creativity, And Failure

<i>(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)</i><p>Here's a list of universities with arguably the greatest computer science programs: Carnegie Mellon, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. These are the same places, respectively, where Andrew Ng received his bachelor's degree, his master's, his Ph.D., and has taught for 12 …

These startups thrive on being 'unreasonable'

The Unreasonable Institute wants to be a beacon for a certain type of entrepreneur: business-savvy humanitarians hellbent on tackling the world's social problems.<p>"We're not about ideology but about supporting ideas that actually work," said Teju Ravilochan, 28, who co-founded the Boulder, …

Startups

How Can Video Games Improve Our Real Lives?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Press Play<p><b>About Jane McGonigal's TED Talk</b><p>When Jane McGonigal was bedridden after a concussion, she gave herself a prescription: play a game. She says games helped her get better, and for many of us, virtual games can improve our real lives. Here's her first TED …

TED Talks

How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing”

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”<p>What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who …

Don't Relax: Uncomfortability Is The New Convenience

To stop humanity from turning into useless, pleasure-seeking blobs, some designers are abandoning the quest to make everything easy, and introducing a little extra difficulty into our lives.<p>When you step into the “Intervator“–a hacked elevator in Essen, Germany–and push a button for the fifth …

Gene Method Makes Mutants More Easily, and Sparks Concerns

Scientists have found a way to create mutant organisms more reliably, using a recently developed gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. And just as in the "X-Men" movies, not everyone is happy about that.<p>The procedure, known as mutagenic chain reaction, is described in a paper published online …

Why iPod And Nest Creator Tony Fadell Thinks Like A Child

For one thing, it helps fight against habituation. And that’s no small feat.<p>Habituation is the idea that the more we experience something, the more we get used to its quirks and inconveniences, and the less we question it. One example of this: having stickers on fruits that we must peel off before …

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

Here’s How Valve Cracked Virtual Reality’s Biggest Problem

Roger Ressmeyer—Corbis<p>Alex Brandon—AP<p>Mike Fisher—AP<p>George Nikitin—AP<p>Ben Van Hook—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>STR/Reuters<p>Yoshikazu …

Google executives explain why the MBA approach to building things is ‘stupid’

Google’s hiring chief says he doesn’t give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional business school training at the nation’s elite colleges as downright “stupid.”<p>Former senior vice …

Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

I am standing on a street in Syria when the bomb goes off. My ears ring so loud I can hardly hear the screams as I stumble through the smoke. Looking down, there’s a man cradling a crimson-soaked loved one on the curb. Others run for cover. I pull off my virtual reality headset.<p>I’ve never been to …

Hacking the Tripping Mind: A Fantastic Voyage Through Inner Space

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon …

Flexible spinal cord implants will let paralyzed people walk

Doctors dream of helping the paralzyed walk through implants that stimulate their spinal cords, but current technology makes that impossible; these stiff, unnatural gadgets usually end up damaging or inflaming nervous tissue over time. Swiss researchers may have just solved this problem once and …

Spinal Cords