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Google AI experiment has you talking to books

Google Research is giving us a (fun) glimpse of how far natural language processing in artificial intelligence has come. Mountain View's research division has rolled out a couple of what it calls Semantic Experiences, which are websites with interesting activities that demonstrate AIs' ability to …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Lesser-Known Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Business Today

Customer acquisition costs money. Did you know that AI is making lead generation cheaper?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The rapid growth of technology is transforming businesses every day, and no technology is more poised to revolutionize nearly every industry in the …

Artificial Intelligence

Does Your Company Know What to Do with All Its Data?

There are many ways to put data to work, and companies, and especially their leaders, are advised to explore as many of them as they can. Each presents distinct opportunities for profit and competitive advantage, from product improvements to new revenue streams to possible industry game changers. …

Track Down

Betaworks-backed Dexter launches DIY bot machine

Dexter is opening its bot platform today for people to create bots for Slack, Facebook Messenger, and SMS.<p>You can make your own bot with The Lab, Dexter’s bot creation machine, and the startup team also makes bots for businesses like DigitasLBi, McCann, and other clients.<p>Dexter is a Betaworks …

Introducing the European Bots Landscape

Over the past half year, bots have been a widely discussed topic. Experts and the media heavily discussed all the possible benefits, the future, and the value bots could create for businesses and consumers. Arguably, the tipping point was Facebook’s F8 conference in April. Since then, many …

Google’s Click-to-Message introduces mobile messaging to businesses

About a month ago, Google announced a new addition to its AdWords platform: the Click-to-Message ad extension. After some regional testing, Google recently rolled this functionality out across the globe. Advertisers can now place a small button below their ad that, once clicked, will trigger an SMS …

Amazon's cloud is bigger than Microsoft, Google and IBM combined, researcher says

In its latest quarterly analysis, the market research firm says that AWS accounted for 45% of the revenue generated by public "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) providers.<p>IaaS is the cloud market that Amazon helped to pioneer. It's where companies rent computers and storage over the internet, …

IaaS

Moving from virtual assistants to virtual specialists

Today, the virtual assistant landscape is exploding with innovation: New applications and new forms of interaction are constantly emerging. Although the idea of a virtual assistant is decades old, it went mainstream with Apple’s introduction of Siri. Siri was created at SRI International based on …

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …

Artificial Intelligence

GE Builds 'Digital Foundry' Locations, Where Physics + Analytics Intersect

In the world of so-called ‘digital transformation’ in Internet land, it’s easy to forget that (largely positive) disruption has been happening for decades. Back in 1889 in the time of Thomas Edison, electricity was just about as new-fangled as cloud computing is today.<p>The fabulously named Vincent …

Internet of Things

How this Telegram chatbot improves business efficiency

At ContentRobin, one of the instruments making our marketing agency more efficient is our Telegram chatbot.<p>Interaction with potential and existing clients is one of the most labor-intensive activities for most agencies. The success of any project depends on how well you handle requests and respond …

4 Ways Every Business Needs To Use Artificial Intelligence

The field of artificial intelligence got its start at a conference at Dartmouth in 1956. Optimism ran high and it was believed that machines would be able to do the work of humans within 20 years. Alas, it was not to be. By the 1970’s, funding dried up and the technology entered the period known as …

Artificial Intelligence

Redpoint VC Tom Tunguz on what makes the most data-driven companies so effective?

Over the next 10 years, startups ability to operationalize their data will be the key determinant to their ultimate success.<p>So what are the most data driven companies doing today to operationalise their data. In our latest interview with Tom Tunguz, Partner at Redpoint, we discuss how the likes of …

Big Data

Why app development is going micro

Peter Yared Contributor<p>Peter Yared is a co-founder and the CTO at Sapho.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile<br>• Software is due for a bundling event<p>Application development has long been fraught with peril: Projects become bloated, expensive and never ship. …

Apps

Roundup Of Analytics, Big Data & BI Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2016

• Big Data & business analytics software worldwide revenues will grow from nearly $122B in 2015 to more than $187B in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period.<br>• The market for prescriptive analytics software is estimated to grow from approximately $415M in 2014 to $1.1B in …

Big Data
Augmented Reality

Google is trying to stop you having to put in passwords

New open source project hopes to remove burden of remembering passwords and instantly log you into apps on Android, with plans to roll out across every platform<p>Google has taken the next big step forward in its war against the password – an open source system to instantly and securely log you into …

Information Systems

Apple buys Seattle-based Turi to bolster machine learning and AI efforts

Apple has successfully acquired Turi, a machine learning company based out of Seattle. According to sources in discussion with GeekWire, Turi’s team will be able to remain in the Seattle region as Apple builds out the technologies further. Turi’s original product, GraphLab, was developed as an open …

Apple is buying a Seattle-area startup to get smarter about artificial intelligence

The company is reportedly paying $200 million for Turi, run by a University of Washington professor.<p>With artificial intelligence clearly the next big thing for the giants of tech, Apple is buying a Seattle machine learning startup.<p>The company confirmed to <b>Recode</b> it is buying Turi, which earlier in …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Takeaways From Cisco's Big Cybersecurity Report

Companies are still using outdated technology leaving them prone to cyber attacks, security researchers are losing their confidence, and hackers are …

Cybersecurity

Cortana awakens: The evolution of Microsoft's smart assistant

It’s fun to imagine all the other names Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, could have had: “Bill,” “Explorer,” “Pathfinder.” None of these were …

5 psychological rules you should follow when building a bot

B.J. Fogg is a behavioral scientist who has written extensively about how computer products influence people.<p>He coined the term “Captology,” which is an acronym for <i>computers as persuasive technologies</i>.When people view a product as having a life, the computer system inside the product can leverage …

How Digital Challengers Are Redefining Luxury

As far back as anyone can remember, luxury has been associated with high prices, custom service and a sense of exclusivity. For over a century haute couture, chauffeurs, ski villas and butlers have been enjoyed only by those privileged enough to own them. But a new class of competitors is changing …

Innovation

Zendesk’s “Automatic Answers” taps machine learning, AI to generate bot-style email responses

Chat bots have ballooned in popularity in recent months, and now we’re seeing some interesting examples of how that technology, where computers interact and respond to human requests, is being used to solve other problems. Today, Zendesk is taking the wraps off “Automatic Answers”, a service for …

Chatbots

A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses

Ross Mason Contributor<p>Ross Mason is the founder of MuleSoft.<p>Since 2000, 52 percent of the Fortune 500 have gone bankrupt, merged, been acquired or fallen off the list for not keeping up with the ever-changing technology landscape.<p>As software proliferates every corner of a business, IT is being …

Innovation

7 Lingering Questions About Google Assistant

Is Google’s answer to Siri and Alexa a reinvention of search, or just repackaging?<p>Among all the AI helpers from major tech companies, Google Assistant is the most mysterious.<p>Google has billed Assistant as one component in “the next evolution of Google.” Others, such as Danny Sullivan at <i>Search</i> …

Chatbots

Text Messaging Creates Unique Brain Waves

Some people say that technologies like the internet are changing the way we think. This claim is now supported by evidence from neuroscience: a unique pattern of neural oscillations — better known as ‘brain waves’ — appears when people are text messaging.<p>Researchers led by neurologist William Tatum …

The Brain

Machine Learning Is Redefining The Enterprise In 2016

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.<p><b>Industries Where Machine Learning Is</b> …

Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many of you might not realize, however, is just how fast the SEO industry is changing because of it. In this …

SEO