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Amazon opens its $23 kids Book Box to all Prime members

Forget going to the library. Amazon will now deliver children's books right to your door.<p>Amazon said on Tuesday that Prime members in the US can now subscribe to Prime Book Box, a subscription service that delivers curated hardcover books for children up to age 12 every one, two or three months. …

Kids

Making Sense of Mortgages: The Problem, and the Opportunity

Owning a home has long been a pillar of the American dream, but very few people fully understand the mortgage that powers it. How does a mortgage …

Ben Horowitz

By the Numbers

National Data for theremodeling industry is hard to come by considering the market is so fragmented and localized. That’s why the comprehensive data …

Home Improvement

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chatbots

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bots

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 …

Chat with a Werner Herzog bot on Facebook

"Why aren't you reading?"<p>This is the first thing WernerBot -- a whimsical Facebook message bot that claims to be the "best and only way to chat with Werner Herzog over the Internet" -- will say to you when first engage it with a simple greeting, "Hello Werner."<p>WernerBot is not affiliated with the …

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 …

Amazon Echo

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」

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 …

Google Assistant

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

「最近チャットボットやチャットUIに関する話題が多いが、チャットを用いたサービスでもっとも実績のあるスタートアップは我々ではないだろうか」——そう語るのは不動産スタートアップのiettyだ。同社は5月13日、東京大学大学院 …

Google、自然言語理解(NLU)の基礎となる「SyntaxNet」をオープンソース化

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

Google検索のランクが、企業の浮沈を決める。検索結果の上の方に出ないと、あなたのサイトは訪れる人も途絶え、閑古鳥が鳴く。<p>では、Googleはどうやって、検索結果の登場順位を決めているのだろう? それを決めているのは、インターネット上のあらゆるサイトを這いまわって、検索結果の元となるインデックスを作っている、GooglebotというGoogle独自の自動運転ソフト、というかスクリプトだ。このスクリプトは仕様等が公開されていないので、Webサイトの作者が検索エンジンのクローラー(crawler, …

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

Facebookのチャットボットの利便性に対する不満があがっているものの、Messengerのプロダクト責任者であるStan Chudnovsky はTechCrunch Disrupt NYのステージで、何万人もの開発者が開発を進めていると明かした。また、Shopifyの5000店はすでに注文確認や出荷通知などMessenger経由で配信していると話し、Eコマース企業がアプリの10億人近いユーザーにリーチしたがっていることを示した。<p>ChudnovskyとTechCrunchのFacebookのリポーターJosh …

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 …

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 …

Chatbots

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

メッセージが送られてくると、そのすべてに応答していた。しかしそうした振る舞いも過去のものとなるのかもしれない。Messengerの受信通知があっても、それが友だちからなのか、ボットからなのかわからない時代になろうとしているからだ。チャイムがなっても、鳴らした相手が友だちなのかそれともボットからの新しい通知が来ただけなのか悩まなければいけなくなる。受信通知がまるで、ある種のチューリングテストのようにすら思えてしまう。<p>思い起こしてみると、これは「いつか来た道」なのではなかろうか。私たちが「電子メール」に注意を払わなくなったきっかけもこうしたことだったと思うのだ。初期は電子メールといえば仲間たちと重 …