Vladislav Velkov

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Amazon expands services for AI training, translation, and transcription

Amazon Web Services announced today a new way for machine learning developers to build and deploy models through its cloud. The company’s SageMaker AI service gained support for a local mode that lets developers start testing intelligent systems on their personal computers before moving to the …

Tasting tomorrow: How food and beverage companies use AI

People have become picky eaters. Our ancestors ate whatever they could forage, but modern day Homo sapiens expect gourmet meals at street food prices on demand. To meet fickle consumer tastes, food and beverage (F&B) companies are looking to artificial intelligence to help them scale new products …

Artificial Intelligence

The wrong way to do AI: A big rollout

IBM Watson’s 2011 debut stunned the world by defeating some of Jeopardy’s finest champions. Seven years later, Watson’s greatest achievement is, err, still that Jeopardy win oh so many years ago.<p>The Watson launch was a mass market striptease that had the world in awe of the potential of AI. It …

Taking command of voice: What the new channel means for marketers

Every morning I ask Alexa to read out the news, turn the lights on in the kitchen, and start making coffee. My son asks Alexa for the weather to see if he can wear shorts to school. And I’ve just gotten Alexa to open the garage door and back my car out of the garage.<p>I am part of a tidal wave of …

What the EU’s latest data protection law means for chatbot makers and marketers

<i>What follows is an overview of the upcoming GDPR legislation and, above all, an invite to anticipate the consequences of this new regulation and start thinking about the actions you need to undertake. It is absolutely not legal advice; GDPR is a pretty serious matter (keep reading to see how</i> …

How to get started with AI integration in a growing business

If you pay any attention to tech news, you’ve probably read extensively about how AI is transforming our world — from creating works of art to making crucial predictions.<p>As a business owner, you’ve probably wondered how you can get in on the action. Even if you’re not running a tech-focused …

5 lessons learned from the predictive policing failure in New Orleans

Predictive policing sounds like something out of a new sci-fi movie written to highlight the dangers of our algorithmic, data-driven modern world, but it’s not. Nor is it a possible tool currently relegated to research and development, or a distant goal for the future. Instead, predictive policing …

eBay uses augmented reality to help sellers find the right box for their product

eBay is continuing its augmented reality (AR) embrace with the launch of a new feature for sellers to easily find the right box to fit their products.<p>Available on some Android devices in the U.S. from today, eBay is tapping Google’s ARCore software development kit (SDK) to leverage motion-tracking …

Augmented reality is shaping the future of finance

Augmented reality is already entering everyday life. Based on the ubiquitous smartphone, it’s appearing in consumer oriented applications including games, finance and entertainment. In business, cloud access sets AR users free from hardware, and allows businesses to link the data-crunching power of …

4 new Google Assistant features you should try

Spurred on by big events like Mobile World Congress and competition with rivals like Alexa and Siri, Google Assistant has rolled out some major new features in recent weeks. Here are four of the most interesting and worthwhile new ways to interact with Google’s AI assistant.<p>Location-based …

Google Assistant

Don’t believe the hype about AI in business

To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can now learn a game and beat …

AI Weekly: Get ready for AI chips everywhere

This has been a big week for specialized chips aimed at performing machine learning tasks. Google announced the open beta of its second generation Tensor Processing Unit, Amazon is reportedly working on a dedicated AI chip for its Echo smart speaker, and ARM announced its own AI hardware.<p>It’s easy …

More businesses are closing the gap between AI ambitions and implementation

In 2017, MITSloan Management Review (MIT SMR) conducted a global survey of more than 3,000 executives, managers, and analysts on the current state of AI and its potential. The results reveal that there’s still a significant gap between “ambition and execution.”<p>Three out of four executives believe …

Artificial Intelligence

5 ways local governments use Alexa to connect with constituents

Alexa and her corresponding Amazon devices are best known for streamlining tasks in our personal lives. Things such as checking news briefings or weather forecasts and adding items to a to-do list are made easier by this handy digital assistant. Although her most common applications involve mundane …

Customer Service

ContentSquare lands $42 million so AI can track how you click, touch, and interact with brands

Understanding precisely how consumers and users interact with your website and apps is paramount to any company’s success. To handle such interactive data, SaaS digital experience insights company ContentSquare announced today that it has raised a $42 million Series B funding round, led by Canaan, …

Artificial Intelligence

Voicelabs ditches analytics service to launch Alpine.ai for ecommerce voice apps

VoiceLabs today announced that it will no longer provide analytics services to some 3,500 developers and customers who make voice apps. Instead, under the new name Alpine AI, the company will help brands and retailers create sales-driven voice apps for Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and …

Apps

A look at the current state of embodied AI companies

After a recent seminar at Stanford, I had a chat with adjunct professor Jerry Kaplan about artificial intelligence embodiment. The question was: Who are the thinkers and companies who are really pushing AI theory? Some experts believe that for artificial intelligence or artificial general …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Has Made It Simple for Anyone to Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI

Google released a new AI tool on Wednesday designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The …

A new service would make deep learning more accessible to millions of coders

Building Your Own AI System<p>Google is one of the biggest tech companies paving the way for artificial intelligence and machine learning, and a recent …

Machine Learning: If It’s Testable It’s Teachable

Ever wondered how you went to YouTube to watch just a 5 minutes video but ended up there for 3 hours? Or saw an advertisement on some page of exactly …

10 Data Science, Machine Learning and AI Podcasts You Must Listen To

With the rapid pace at which technology is driving innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence, it has become immensely important to …

Data Science

Amazon set to open doors on AI-powered grocery store

As the rest of us wait in checkout lines while stocking up on groceries for the week, folks in Seattle are eagerly gearing up for the launch of the first store to eliminate cashiers. The much-anticipated Amazon Go grocery store will open its doors to the public on Monday, having weathered …

eCommerce

Understanding AI’s strengths and weaknesses in the workplace

Much of the conversation about tech in the workplace centers on jobs that will be replaced by AI, as well as the technology’s impending effects on workplace dynamics. Without question, this is a revolution in the making, and some businesses will thrive within it while some get left behind. However, …

Artificial Intelligence

The success of retail bots depends on quality human relationships

We’re only as good as the moment, that fragile moment when we please or hopefully don’t disappoint the customer.<br>— Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks<p>That quote comes from an interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz back in 2011. Retail has always been an industry where service quality informs …

Customer Experience

3 reasons chatbots didn’t meet industry expectations in 2017

The dawn of the “chatbot revolution” less than a couple of years ago ushered in great expectations. Marketers and futurists fantasized about intelligent virtual autonomous agents that would understand us better than we understand ourselves, glean our desires from snippets of conversations, and turn …

Chatbots

These 100 Companies Are Leading the Way in A.I.

Whether you fear it or embrace it, the A.I. revolution is coming—and it promises to have an enormous impact on the world economy. PwC estimates that …

Artificial Intelligence

The Rise of the Autonomous Organization

As a teenager, I used to frequently visit the local Tower Records store on my way home from school. Back in the day, Tower was the go-to place for …

How to make an Alexa Skill with Python

This guide will assume that you have already completed the Alexa Python Tutorial from Amazon. If you have done this then you should have a good …

The C-suite’s guide to AI implementation in 2018

A few months back, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the VentureBeat Summit, which gathers senior leaders across various industries to discuss the emerging technologies disrupting the global business agenda. The theme of this year’s summit was “Riding the AI Wave,” focusing on the …

Innovation

Leverage location data to revolutionize customer engagement (VB Live)

<b>Incorporating location intelligence into digital strategies can engage consumers in real time, increase brand loyalty, and provide actionable data. Learn how to captivate customers and prospects with location-based behavioral data when you join this VB Live event.</b><p><b>Register here for free.</b><p>Location …

Customer Experience