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Meet the eight startups joining MetaProp NYC’s real estate accelerator

For the third year, MetaProp NYC is bringing together a group of startups focused on real estate tech. This time, the companies are tackling issues like green buildings, apartment entry and parking. Most of them are based in New York, but some come from as far away as Singapore.<p>“Our incoming …

Real Estate

Nextdoor turns to real estate listings for monetization

Nextdoor, the social media platform for neighborhoods, is rolling out a real estate listings feature, showcasing housing for sale in local communities.<p>The idea is to formalize behavior that’s been happening organically, suggests CEO Nirav Tolia. “These real estate conversations are already …

Real Estate

Homelight raises $40 million to help home sellers find the best real estate agents

HomeLight was founded in 2012 to connect home owners looking to sell with real estate agents in their area who are likely to close quickly <i>and</i> get the best price for their homes. With its business quickly growing, the company has raised $40 million in new funding led by Menlo Ventures.<p>Despite the …

Real Estate

Cybathlon: World's first 'bionic Olympics' gears up

<b>It's being pitched as a bionic Olympics. Next month, contestants from across the world using robotic exoskeletons, electronic arms, powered wheelchairs and other tech will take part in the world's first Cybathlon.</b><p>The event near Zurich is intended to highlight how people with physical disabilities …

Robotics

Facebook Messenger has more than 11,000 bots

Facebook just moved one step closer toward making its bot ambitions a reality.<p>Just months after introducing the first bots for Facebook Messenger at …

Chris Messina, the inventor of the hashtag, just launched his own chatbot

Chris Messina, developer experience lead at Uber and inventor of the hashtag, said back in January that 2016 is “the year of conversational commerce.” Today, he’s launching his own personal assistant chatbot, called MessinaBot.<p>MessinaBot responds to people who message Messina on Facebook and can …

Amazon Echoの躍進が意味する未来:「Internet Trends」レポート2016(1)|WIRED.jp

MESSAGING APPS FOR PUBLISHERS REPORT: Why chat apps are now crucial for publishers

The top four messaging apps — Facebook's Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber — now claim nearly 3 billion monthly active users combined, narrowly outnumbering the combined active users on the world's four largest social networks, including Facebook.<p>These numbers have caught the attention of a …

Apps

The impending bot backlash

Everyone seems to be jumping on the bot bandwagon. Chatbots are not only being touted as the end of apps, but also the next paradigm in human-computer interaction — and, if you believe the hype, the end of many customer service jobs, too. But bots are unlikely to live up to these outsized …

Chatbots

Would you trust a bot? Conversational commerce depends on it

Messaging is huge, so it’s no wonder more brands are looking to join the conversation. Around 75% of the world’s Internet users use messaging services. In markets like Asia, consumers not only chat with friends and family members, they also connect with businesses, consume content, shop, and get …

This Facebook bot will pick your next movie for you

As we’ve discussed, Facebook’s bot platform is still in its early stages, and most apps aren’t ready yet to become part of your everyday life. This is mainly due to shortfalls in natural language processing and the trial-and-error process of developers actually figuring out how users are going to …

Chatbots

E-commerce search developer Twiggle adds Alibaba as an investor

Twiggle, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is developing a new e-commerce search engine, announced today that it has added Alibaba Group as a new investor. Alibaba’s funding counts as the second tranche of Twiggle’s Series A round.<p>The size of Alibaba’s contribution wasn’t disclosed, but TechCrunch has …

eCommerce

Chat with a Werner Herzog bot on Facebook

Ever wanted to make small talk with the eccentric film director? Now you can with a Facebook bot that answers questions with Herzog-esque responses about the importance of reading books.<p>"Why aren't you reading?"<p>This is the first thing WernerBot -- a whimsical Facebook message bot that claims to be …

Facebook

MobileBeat 2016 will be the first major event to tackle the world of bots

A new paradigm is rocking the mobile world. It’s the unstoppable shift to artificial intelligence and messaging and away from apps as we know them.<p>It’s changing the way we use our devices, and it’s allowing brands to interact with customers with more immediacy and ease than ever.<p>That’s why we’re …

This AI platform for TV beats Apple TV and Amazon Echo head-to-head

MindMeld, a pioneer in conversational AI technology, is today releasing the MindMeld for TV platform, which the company bills as the first solution designed for television and over-the-top content providers — like Netflix and Hulu — to deliver best in class discovery through a conversational …

食べ物の写真から自動的に料理名やカロリーなどを分析して記録する人工知能アプリ「HungryBot」

ダイエットや健康のために食事を記録しようとすると、料理の撮影や、メニュー名の登録、さらにカロリーの計算などを毎回行うのは面倒なことがあります。そんな時に役に立つのが、スマートフォンで食事を撮影するだけで、料理を自動的に分析でき、食事の内容やカロリーを記録できるアプリ「<b>HungryBot</b>」です。<p><b>Hun</b> …

Google unveils Google Assistant, a virtual assistant that’s a big upgrade to Google Now

Google today said it was unveiling a virtual assistant tool at its annual Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View called Google Assistant.<p>This appears to be similar to what Google Now can do already, but it appears to be an upgraded version of it. You can ask a question for an answer, and …

Automation

Google debuts Allo, an AI-based chat app using its new assistant bot, smart replies and more

Today at I/O, Google took the wraps off its latest foray into the world of communications: the company announced Allo, a smart messaging app supercharged with machine learning and Google’s new Google Assistant service (its answer to Amazon’s Alexa), giving users the ability not just to chat to each …

Chatbots

Hyperloop Technologies becomes Hyperloop One, pulls in $80 million and announces global partners

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Technologies is now Hyperloop One and $80 million richer from a close of its Series B round of financing today.<p>The news comes just days after rival hyperloop builder Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced a licensing deal to power its own prototype with …

High-speed Rail

Beyond Siri: The AI revolution coming from the web

Eric Poindessault Contributor<p>Eric Poindessault is founder and CEO at Biggerpan.<p>From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Samantha in Spike Jonze’s Her, for decades we have been obsessed with the idea that artificial intelligence powered-computers will one day be able to interact with people, follow …

Artificial Intelligence

不動産スタートアップのiettyが東大とチャットAIの共同研究、人材会社との資本業務提携も | TechCrunch Japan

BotifyはGoogleの検索クローラーGooglebotがあなたのページを訪れるようにしてくれる新種のSEOサービス | TechCrunch Japan

1万人以上がFacebookのチャットボットを開発している、アナリティクス機能も製作中 | TechCrunch Japan

Hungry Host uses Alexa to help you figure out what to cook tonight

You have a bunch of ingredients in your fridge, and you don’t know what you want to cook. You just bought an Amazon Echo, dying to figure out some new things to do with it. Well, you can do both of these with a hack put together at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon that does just that.<p>With Hungry …

Automation

It begins: BotRevenue.com to serve ads in bots

We’ve just noticed the appearance of a site called BotRevenue.com, which is setting itself up as a platform that allows chatbot owners to promote other bots and get traffic back.<p>The service hasn’t launched yet. When we applied for access, we got a message saying it wasn’t live yet, but that we’d be …

Facebook Messengerへのチャットボット投入は成功するのだろうか? | TechCrunch Japan

Bots, Messenger and the future of customer service

Michael Schneider Contributor<p>Michael Schneider is the founder and CEO of Service.<p>In the 1970s, CFOs sat with CEOs and devised ways for upset consumers to not be able to get compensation easily. They put up automated phone systems and arcane and inflexible policies and rejoiced at how little the …

Chatbots

Tap into Alexa from your iPhone with a $5 app

We've seen support for Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant arrive on a variety of devices, and iOS gadgets are next. That's by way of the Lexi app. <i>The Next Web</i> reports that the application mirrors Alexa's functionality on the Echo speaker and lets you place orders, control smart devices and do other …

Siriの共同ファウンダー、Dag Kittlaus、次世代AIのVivアプリを来週のTechCrunch Disruptでデモ | TechCrunch Japan