Digital Business Stories

By Mads Pedersen | Stories about brands, tech, marketing, and other things digital

Facebook Messenger's AI powered virtual personal assistant M has arrived in the UK

Facebook is offering users of its Messenger chat app a helping hand with a personal assistant powered by AI.<p>M is the social network's virtual …

Facebook Messenger

Take a Free Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

Design Thinking

5 Fresh Examples of Customer Experience Innovation

Serena Williams is a fiercely competitive tennis champion. Her record is 39 Grand Slam titles. She shows an ability to serve aces at critical moments — a tennis serve the opponent doesn’t touch. She’s known for her aggressive play, a “high risk” style balanced in part by her serve, the greatest in …

Adobe and Stanford just taught AI to edit videos — with impressive results

Why it matters to you<p>Future Adobe video editors could make the process even faster, thanks to AI that still allows for creative input.<p>Just one minute …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Google is maintaining its edge in the world of quantum computing.<p>Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google’s most powerful …

Quantum Mechanics

Chatbox UX: Crafting a Valuable Conversation

All chatbots are not created equal. What separates a good chatbot from a bad one? A good chatbot helps users accomplish something more efficiently. A …

Microsoft’s new internal video hub, Microsoft Stream, is now generally available

Microsoft Stream, a video service that helps companies organize those boring training videos for their employees, is now generally available, the …

A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language

The Future of Language<p>A recent Facebook report on the way chatbots converse with each other has given the world a glimpse into the future of language.<p>…

20 Sleek Material Design Frameworks For Web Designers

Join the<b> Material design trend</b> by using one of these 20 sleek <b>Material design frameworks</b> to build your websites on!Nowadays, the popularity of …

UI Design

Alphabet Just Sold Two Companies to a CEO Who Wants to Speed up the Singularity

Surprise Acquisition<p>This week, Japanese electronics and robotics giant SoftBank, the company behind the Pepper robot, announced its acquisition of …

CMOs are the next generation of CEOs — here's why

<i>Getty Images</i><p><i>By Sameer Kazi, CEO, Cheetah Digital</i><p>Just a few years ago, the idea of a marketer becoming CEO was pie-in-the-sky thinking. Today the jump is real. Dick’s Sporting Goods recently promoted CMO Lauren Hobart to company president, Kevin Hochman leapt from CMO to president at KFC, and former …

Marketing

Shopify’s Kit virtual shop assistant is now free for all merchants

Shopify is taking Kit, the virtual assistant it acquired last year and making it free to all members on its platform, as a basic part of their merchant services. That’s a big deal for the previously premium service, both in terms of how far it can reach, and in terms of what it can do for Shopify’s …

If Your Company Isn’t Good at Analytics, It’s Not Ready for AI

Management teams often assume they can leapfrog best practices for basic data analytics by going directly to adopting artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. But companies that rush into sophisticated artificial intelligence before reaching a critical mass of automated processes …

Intelligence

College Students Had An AI Teaching Assistant, And They Were None The Wiser

College & University

Content Hacking With Your Competitor's Research

<b>It’s amazing what you can learn by analyzing the strategies that are working for your competitors. Best of all, you can incorporate what you learn</b> …

SEO

Google’s AI can now answer your emails for you

Wading through emails is currently one part tedium, two parts frustration, and a generous pinch of masochism. Until Google makes a captcha program …

Google

Google quietly debuts Chatbase, a chatbot analytics platform

Just ahead of Google’s I/O event kicking off later today, some details have leaked out about a new service that Google is launching for developers that are building chatbots. TechCrunch has learned that Google has developed a new service called Chatbase, which provides analytics and suggestions for …

Did You Lose Traffic After Migrating To HTTPS? Here’s How To Fix That.

• <i>Should you move your website from HTTP to HTTPS?</i>• <i><br>Is it worth moving an information site like a</i> blog<i> to HTTPS?</i><br>These were some of the questions we all …

SEO

Here’s The Unofficial Silicon Valley Explainer On Artificial Intelligence

Andreessen Horowitz partner Frank Chen is here to tell you that anyone can utilize the technology, not just members of the “priesthood.”<p>I’m willing to bet you didn’t know that artificial intelligence can help sort cucumbers.<p>It can, and in fact it does. And while AI has gotten massive amounts of …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple isn't working on a car — it's working on something much bigger

Apple is behaving in a really strange way regarding the mythical "Apple Car." After hiring 1,000 people to work on a secret program called Project Titan, which many believed to be the development of a car, the company laid off hundreds of them late last year. Observers interpreted that as one of …

Transportation

Here's a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future

The computers are watching.<p>Imagine if you lost your keys and instead of fishing around in the couch cushions, you could just pull out your phone and search for them. Just a quick, textual query with a quick response that they're on your desk, you doofus. This is not only possible; it's possible …

Build Developer Conference

Brands Using Facebook Lead Ads Can Now More Effectively Measure Offline Conversions

Facebook continues to take steps to better enable businesses to attribute conversions to the actions that drove them, online or offline, and its …

Advertising Industry

ServiceNow launches machine learning, AI automation engine | ZDNet

The company is using technology from its DxContinuum acquisition to build an Intelligent Automation Engine that tailors models to each …

Machine Learning

MailChimp Gives Away Its Marketing Automation Tools

MailChimp is giving away the goods. Namely, its automated marketing email capabilities — previously only available at extra cost — are now being …

Digital Marketing

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

The Brain

Is WebAssembly replacing JavaScript?

Will WebAssembly overtake JavaScript in Web Application coding needs?Over the years, JavaScript has emerged as the go-to language for programmers who …

Programming

Google's Project Sunroof expands to 7 million homes in Germany

Google’s Project Sunroof is launching in Germany today, extending the company’s solar estimator to 7 million homes. Project Sunroof is a simple tool …

Google

SEO & intelligent content: Discovery, connection and improved performance

Customer journeys have evolved significantly in their complexity, with the sheer amount of touch points possible exploding due to digital …

SEO