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How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Chatbots Better For Businesses

Just a few short years ago, having “conversations” in human languages with machines was pretty much universally a frustratingly comedic process.<p>Today that has changed. While natural language processing (NLP) and recognition is far from perfect, thanks to machine learning algorithms it’s getting …

Artificial Intelligence

The rise of experiential commerce

“$43 million and the only thing you can buy in it is a coffee.”<p>So said Samsung’s Senior Director of Store Development Michael Koch about the company’s flagship Manhattan “popup”—Samsung 837—though “popup” is an understated description for a 56,000 square-foot cavern with interactive art, virtual …

Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Alongside news of Google Assistant’s forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant would soon be gaining two new features: Routines and location-based reminders.<p>Google has been promising Routines were in the …

Cardano: a rising cryptocurrency that wants to change the world

On Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, …

Cover story

SHANGHAI -- On Jan. 6, a leaked photograph of an official notice from China's internet finance regulator began to circulate on Twitter. The …

Real-Time Quiz Apps Have Hit China, Offering Real Cash Prizes To Draw In Millions Of Users

On the frosty winter’s evening of January 3, Wang Sicong, the son of Wanda Group’s billionaire Chairman Wang Jianlin, posted on social platform Weibo that he would be doling out 100,000 RMB ($15,500) every evening at 9pm to users of the Chongding Dahui app. It was to be the dawn of livestream …

Marketing

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Blockchain

Amazon Product Research Made Easy

“The most helpful Amazon software in the space”<p>“The best resource for data-driven product research”<p>“Helped thousands of Amazon entrepreneurs avoid …

Shelling Out: The Origins of Money

Shelling Out: The Origins of Money<br>Nick Szabo<p>Originally published in 2002<p>Abstract<p>The precursors of money, along with language, enabled early modern …

Stay in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for the long haul

Less than a year ago, a single bitcoin, the most popular digital currency, could be purchased for less than $1,000. This month it touched almost …

It isn't an alien spacecraft, but we should still study 'Oumuamua

Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Listen project, dedicated to finding life outside our solar system, has set its next target; a mysterious object that has …

Astronomy

Is a Trivia App the Answer to Questions About Live Streaming?

These are heady times for the creators of HQ Trivia.<p>The app, which broadcasts live shows to iPhones and iPads twice a day, has taken off since its debut in August. Its ability to attract tens of thousands of people to log in for each 15-minute segment in hopes of winning money by answering a dozen …

Livestreaming

Move over, bitcoin. Here comes litecoin

Bitcoin has been on amazing ride for the past few weeks. But there is actually another cryptocurrency that's enjoyed an even bigger spike lately.<p>It's called litecoin, and it has nearly doubled in just the past 24 hours and has surged more than 250% in the past week according to digital currency …

Cryptocurrency

What Is Bitcoin, and How Does It Work?

If you find the concept of Bitcoin confusing, you are not alone. The virtual currency has been a constant source of controversy, but it is still not well understood.<p><b>Are Bitcoins those coins I see in photographs?</b><p>No. Those coins are novelty items that newspapers used in photographs because they …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Hasn’t Replaced Cash, but Investors Don’t Care

SAN FRANCISCO — When Bitcoin first entered the public consciousness a few years back, a handful of large companies like Dell and Expedia announced that they would begin accepting the virtual currency. But there weren’t many takers.<p>This failure hasn’t bothered many of the people buying up Bitcoins …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Is Dead

"Bitcoin" is the most widespread, cryptographically-secure Internet currency. It was created in 2009 by someone (or someones) who referred to …

Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency Monero To Be Accepted By Musicians Such As Mariah Carey, G-Eazy, Sia For Holidays

In a year that has seen some parts of the traditional financial world embrace Bitcoin, it’s only fitting that other, less buttoned-up industries would take up cryptocurrency as well.<p>In that vein, Monero announces that 45 musicians, plus five other online stores, will be accepting the privacy coin …

Cryptocurrency

Controlled supply

A fixed money supply, or a supply altered only in accord with objective and calculable criteria, is a necessary condition to a meaningful just price …

As Bitcoin Scrapes $10,000, an Investment Boom Like No Other

SAN FRANCISCO — Digital gold. The new tulip mania. A virtual currency.<p>Whatever you want to call it, Bitcoin is on an extraordinary run, with the price of a single Bitcoin crossing $10,000 on some exchanges for the first time on Monday — less than two months after it crossed $5,000 for the first …

Cryptocurrency

How to prepare for the cryptocurrency revolution

Blockchain is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated technologies of our time. Much like the early internet, experienced technologists foresee blockchain as a vehicle to drive society forward. Implementations of secure, decentralized systems can empower us to conquer organizational issues of …

Broadcasters battle YouTube and Facebook for advertisers' cash

Commercial broadcasters have renewed their attacks on YouTube and Facebook with a new study highlighting the power of television advertising compared with the tech giants.<p>Research commissioned by Thinkbox, an industry group backed by ITV, Channel 4, Sky and others, found that television advertising …

How To Cut Through The AI Nonsense And Find The Gold

There’s been so much hype in recent months around opportunities in artificial intelligence that it’s starting to feel a bit like a second gold rush.<p>Just like in 1849, in 2017 there are a lot of people who want to get in on the AI action. And like the prospectors who came before them, they’ll be …

Artificial Intelligence

Compliance Made Simple

5 key factors to consider before starting a cryptocurrency startup

Basically, you need to identify a problem in the industry and use the startup as the means to solve it. You will not be able to get a good startup going as long as you don’t have the right direction. Many startup CEOs in this industry focus only on the money they can make and you want to avoid this …

Cryptocurrency

How blockchain will change major industries

While much of the discussion around blockchain has surrounded bitcoin and its ups and downs, corporations and businesses are quickly waking up to the possibility of using blockchain to secure and improve large volumes of transactions as well.<p>By removing the need for trusted third parties, …

Blockchain

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Cryptocurrencies

<i>This is a guest post by Martin Walker, director for banking and finance at the Center for Evidence Based Management, who is closely involved with</i> …

Viral trivia sensation HQ looks like the future of both mobile gaming and live TV

It’s that original video content everyone’s been talking about<p>Perhaps you’ve noticed your friends or coworkers looking at their phones intently this past week, at about mid-afternoon or late into the evening. Maybe they’ve been yelling out questions like, “Who won last year’s Premier League?” or …

Social Media

The Difference Between Bitcoin and Ethereum Technology

Everyone is talking about blockchain. But do you know the difference between the technology running bitcoin and ethereum?<p>ConsenSys Chief Strategy …

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