Randy Matheson

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How Blockchain Is Poised to Disrupt the Gig Economy

The next several years will see rapid adoption as market-shifts in employment continue.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is much debate these days as to whether the gig economy is growing or shrinking, but most agree it’s still massive and, importantly, …

Blockchain

What Happens When Apple Store Meets Nordstrom: The New POS

When you walk into a store there is a high degree of excitement and anticipation. We love to touch and feel products and relish the spontaneity of making a purchase. But unfortunately, the current store experience fails to meet expectations. By the time you are ready to make a purchase, you have to …

Customer Experience

Artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys? That’s what PwC says

Artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will generate as many jobs in the U.K. as they displace over the next 20 years, according to …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft and Walmart strike 5-year AI and cloud partnership

Microsoft today announced a five-year partnership with Walmart to speed the company’s digital transformation via a combination of AI, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) services.<p>It is no coincidence that the strategic partnership is being announced on Prime Day, the biggest day of the year for …

Artificial Intelligence

New Technology Developed to Clone Voices

A Canadian company is using artificial intelligence techniques to develop artificial sounds that match real voices.<p>Last month, Bloomberg’s Ashlee …

Artificial Intelligence

Are smart assistants good for users? An honest look at the pros and cons

Amazon has Echo. Google has Home. Apple has HomePod. Professor Heather Woods considers the benefits and risks of a digital assistant that is listening all the time.<p>The smart device market is exploding. Smart home kits for retrofitting “non-smart” houses have become cheaper. Earlier this year, Apple …

Smart Homes

Microsoft calls on Congress to regulate facial recognition

In a blog post today, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for Congress to begin considering regulation of facial recognition technology, calling it "the technology of the moment" and noting its "broad societal ramifications and potential for abuse." Throughout the post, Smith discusses the …

Surveillance

Build-A-Bear Tries to Bounce Back From Its ‘Pay Your Age’ Fiasco

It started out innocently enough, as such things often do. Build-A-Bear Workshop declared Thursday “Pay Your Age Day,” meaning customers could come …

Advertising Industry

What Millennials Want From Retailers

The generation is maturing, causing shifts in consumer preferences and priorities.<p>What Millennials want, Millennials — should — get. The demographic …

eCommerce

AI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It. Here's a Look at the Future -- and the Opportunities for Entrepreneurs.

Artificial intelligence companies are taking on the health industry with big results for consumers. Here are the pros, cons and potential business opportunities.<p>7 min read<p>Try to conceptualize all the medical knowledge in the world. How many books would it fill? How many topics would it cover? How …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM Showcases Artificial Intelligence Superiority With Project Debater

The IBM algorithm Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. It was 2011 when IBM’s Watson won the game show <i>Jeopardy</i>. Shortly after, the IBM Research team was ready to go beyond game playing and began to brainstorm the next feat to challenge an artificial intelligence algorithm. They …

Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia and MIT's AI can clean up your noisy photos

If you’ve ever taken photos after sundown, you’re probably familiar with the ‘noise’ that distorts your pictures with colored specks. It’s possible to fix your images to some degree with software – but an AI developed by Nvidia, MIT and Aalto University can go much further – without ever having …

Machine Learning

The Economics Of Artificial Intelligence - How Cheaper Predictions Will Change The World

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a lot of things. It’s a game changer for business, it can enable humans to work smarter and faster than ever before, and it could potentially have a significant impact on economies and the labor market.<p>But at the root of it all – the function which gives AI value – …

Artificial Intelligence

The coming of conscious machines

Sudhirendar Sharma<p>Mankind has gone through three distinct turning points in its evolutionary history — discovered fire 100,000 years ago; developed …

Singularity

Google Duplex could soon take over call centres

Google is reportedly targeting call centres for its Duplex AI<p>Earlier this year, Google unveiled Duplex – an AI personal assistant with convincingly …

Customer Service

AI algorithm teaches a car to drive from scratch in 20 minutes

Wayve's Amar Shah and Alex Kendall believe there's been too much hand-engineering going on as people try to solve the self-driving car problem.<p>"The …

Online Life

Engineer.ai aims at build-an-app platforms by using AI for speed and cost

Engineer.ai has been up and running in private beta mode for two and a half years, totally boo-strapped by its founders. But today it launches with the claim to be the world’s first human-assisted AI for building custom digital products. It’s Builder platform claims to combine artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon’s Alexa is coming to Marriott hotel rooms

The e-commerce giant announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Marriott by placing its Echo devices in its rooms, reports <i>Reuters</i>. <b>Now Marriott guests will be able to simply speak their hospitality wish to Echo to, for example, order room service or request housekeeping.</b> Reports had stated that …

Hospitality

Unproven facial-recognition companies target schools, promising an end to shootings

The facial-recognition cameras installed near the bounce houses at the Warehouse, an after-school recreation center in Bloomington, Ind., are aimed low enough to scan the face of every parent, teenager and toddler who walks in.<p>The center’s executive director, David Weil, learned earlier this year …

Artificial Intelligence

This ex-Googler has big plans to kill the 'Amazon experience' of online shopping

"You can't sell fashion and art the same way you sell toothpaste," says Neha Singh. "But on the internet, that's exactly what we do: Toothpaste is sold the same way as beautiful clothes."<p>Singh is the founder of Obsess, a new online shopping platform that seeks to reinvigorate what she describes as …

eCommerce

Amazon Alexa Learns New Trick: Finding The Right Skill On Its Own

One of the challenges with Amazon Alexa is that a consumer must have a bit of knowledge to effectively always get what they want from the digital …

DataRobot Puts The Power Of Machine Learning In The Hands Of Business Analysts

DataRobot, the Boston-based Data Science company, enables business analysts to build predictive analytics with no knowledge of Machine Learning or programming. It uses automated ML to build and deploy accurate predictive models in a short span of time.<p>DataRobot was founded in 2012 in Boston by …

Machine Learning

AI claims to be able to thwart facial recognition software, making you "invisible"

The so-called "anti facial recognition" system distorts the face to prevent it being scanned<p>A team of engineering researchers from the University of …

H&M is trialing a smart mirror that suggests outfits for you — and customers love it

H&M is offering its customers a new shopping experience and customers apparently love it, according to Lebensmittelzeitung.<p>The fashion group is currently trialling a smart mirror in its flagship store at Times Square in New York. The smart mirror, developed by Microsoft and Swedish digital agencies …

An Indian startup has created an AI-driven nutritionist for fitness freaks

In 2016, after four years of running a health and fitness app that lets customers track their daily food and workout routines, health-tech startup HealthifyMe found that it was sitting on millions of data points about its users’ lifestyle habits.<p>The Bengaluru-based company’s customers were using …

Google Assistant

Where Has Teen Car Culture Gone?

Something is missing in the lives of today’s adolescents: that magical coming-of-age feeling when a whole world opened up.<p>For nearly a century, coming of age in America meant getting behind the wheel. A driver’s license marked the transition from childhood and dependence to adult responsibility and …

GM Gets Ready for a Post-Car Future

About a hundred years ago, the United States reached “peak horse.” In 1920 some 25 million horses roamed the plains, boulevards, cul-de-sacs, rodeos, …

AI-Powered Bank Accounts Of Tomorrow Are Solving The Biggest Problem With Your Finances -- You

In Canada, millions of people are handing over control of their money.<p>Not to an expensive financial adviser or bank manager, but to the Royal Bank of Canada’s artificial assistant NOMI, which moves money around and makes decisions when to save on their behalf.<p>The idea of a machine making financial …

Artificial Intelligence

Phone-tracking firm had bug that let anyone track millions of Americans

It seems LocationSmart's phone-tracking feature isn't smart with security or privacy.<p>The cell phone tracking firm, which CNET sister site ZDNet discovered was providing location data using "direct connections" to major US wireless carriers, offered a free demonstration on its website for potential …

Wireless

Maintaining Human Contact Throughout a Digital Customer Experience

“Speak with a representative.”<p>“Speak with a representative!”<p>We’ve all had that customer-service moment where we’re stuck in an automated loop of …