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Cutting-Edge Talent Development: Staying on Top of New Workplace Innovations

Developing talent in a new workplace is a constantly evolving strategic function. New trends are driving the need to rewrite the rules. The rise of …

Innovation

3 Trends Appear in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016 - Smarter With Gartner

You won’t be surprised to learn that blockchain, still five to ten years from mainstream adoption, nears the peak of the Gartner Hype Cycle for …

Gartner Inc.

Hackers Don’t Have to Be Human Anymore. This Bot Battle Proves It

Last night, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, seven autonomous bots proved that hacking isn't just for humans.<p>The Paris ballroom played host to the …

How Salesforce’s Quip deal will change the face of an industry

Salesforce announced its acquisition of office productivity app Quip earlier this week for $582 million ($750 million if you include cash incentives). That may seem like a staggering sum to pay for a 4-year-old 40-person startup, but not when you consider what’s at stake: ownership of the CRM and …

Machine Learning

Unified UI, faster development, and other reasons chatbots are better than apps

The internet and smartphone revolution has given us incredible powers, but it has undoubtedly made our lives more complex. As we navigate the endless landscape of interconnected dots — made up of apps and websites — one thing becomes increasingly clear: The web that was designed in the ’90s doesn’t …

5 reasons chatbots will revolutionize the way we do business

Over the past year, bots seem to have gained immense popularity among big tech companies. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and most recently, Apple have all released plans for a bot-filled future. But why? What is the big deal about bots, and, more importantly, why should you use them?<p><b>1. They deliver</b> …

Apps

Pingpad relaunches as a Slack bot to help enterprise teams share knowledge

When Ross Mayfield launched Pingpad in September, the idea was to give people an app that combined collaboration and conversation in one. Focused on social productivity, the app blended real-time messaging with a Wiki-like product. However, in June, the company announced that it was discontinuing …

Chatbots

Rhizabot gives salespeople immediate access to deep data

Advertising research company Rhiza today announced the release of Rhizabot, a bot that lets salespeople access the data they need to close a deal.<p>Rhizabot puts a conversational interface on top of the Rhiza platform, which combines datasets from inside a business with consumer behavior data from …

Gun Control

How chatbots will help local business across the world

Chatbots are popping up everywhere lately.<p>You have most likely seen them on Facebook Messenger, maybe even Skype or Kik.<p>Now, the big brands are starting to leverage chatbots to promote their products. For example, McDonald’s has been using a Kik chatbot to interact with its fans. You can ask the …

Should I Contract Or Hire My Next Employee?

<i>Running In The Red Zone</i><p>Start-ups notoriously run on fumes. This is no secret, and because of this fact, a start-up whether bootstrapping or with outside investors, must always get the best “bang for the buck” in order to survive. To be successful, a startup must make it through the very difficult …

Startups

This Startup Is Teaching Chatbots Real Empathy

The MIT-born machine learning startup, Koko, just got a cash injection to teach chatbots some compassion.<p>“I’m panicked,” I type into Kik. “I don’t have anything to wear for my interview tomorrow and my hair is being stupid.” A few minutes later, someone I’ve never met texts back: “It’s ok to look …

Robotics startup secures funding to build an emotive virtual assistant

UK robotics startup Emotech has just landed $10 million in Series A funding to continue building a prototype virtual assistant that has a more varied personality than existing assistants, such as Siri and Amazon's Echo, according to TechCrunch.<p>Dubbed Olly, the virtual assistant should be able to …

Why Intel Bought Artificial Intelligence Startup Nervana Systems

Intel is bolstering its artificial intelligence efforts by acquiring Nervana Systems, a two-year-old startup considered among the leaders in …

Robots want to manage your 401(k): How consumer financing is changing - New York Business Journal

By Riley McDermid <br>– Digital Producer, San Francisco Business Times<p>Aug 9, 2016, 1:00pm EDT<p>Automated investment services are increasingly pushing into …

Why Apple Just Acquired This A.I. Startup for a Reported $200 Million

As the artificial intelligence race heats up, the tech company is focused on developing its own tools to compete with Facebook, Google, and Amazon.<p>Four years ago, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos granted $2 million to endow two professorships at the University of Washington, for Carlos Guestrin, …

Dubai Government Seeks Blockchain Projects for Startup Fund

A technology initiative backed by the Dubai government has launched a $275m startup investment fund (1bn AED) organizers say will likely back …