Automation

How Apple can silence the haters, crush Google and Microsoft, and build a thousand-year empire

It was only last summer that Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his vision for a company that lasts one thousand years.<p>But Cook's far-reaching calendar already seems to be in trouble, with an ever-growing list of rivals and weaknesses threatening to undermine the Apple empire.<p>Just consider:<p>Google's …

Augmented Reality

Why AI will rule all UIs

"AI is the new UI" may be a cliché now. But back in 2011 when Apple first released Siri, the capability to control a mobile device by talking to it …

Cortana

Workers in These Five Industries Will Be the First to Lose Their Jobs to Automation

Artificial intelligence is changing the world rapidly, and the global economy will shift to meet the new technology as it always has. That could mean …

The Future

Why American jobs have a higher risk of automation than jobs in Germany, the UK, and Japan

You’ve been warned before—robots are coming for your job. The speed of technological advancement, particularly in smart automation, has sprung countless economic studies and political warnings about how many people are likely to lose their jobs to this rise of the machines. But it’s not an easy …

United Kingdom

Digital Transformation And Data Will Change All Of Our Workplaces - Are You Prepared?

The nature of work is changing. President Trump may have vowed to bring jobs back to America – but does this take into account the upcoming wave of automation that could throw a spanner in the works? Today, it’s more important than ever that anyone setting out to ensure their organization is …

Business

What Does the Debate on Automation Mean for Basic Income?

Recently, automation — the idea that advances in technology will make many jobs obsolete — has grabbed headlines around the country. As the debate …

Basic Income

Whatever you do, don’t say yes when this chatbot asks, 'Can you hear me?'

It’s the most cunning robocall scam I’ve encountered — and the fact that I’ve fallen for it more than once tells you how successful it can be.<p>The phone rings. You pick it up and say “hello.” There’s a brief silence and then a woman’s voice says, “Oh, hi there!” She offers an embarrassed laugh. “I’m …

Artificial Intelligence

A pioneer's guide to Alexa

Have you seen Star Trek? If you haven’t, you should. One of the pieces of future tech that is quietly on display throughout the show is the ability …

Alexa! I need more towels!

An Amazon Echo digital assistant in a hotel room. (Image: Wynn Resorts)<p>Have you bought an Amazon Echo voice recognition device for your home yet? If …

Siri

How To Build Great Bots

We’re in the middle of a revolution. An evolution. A mass extinction. Apps are dying, and chatbots are taking over.<p>Why? Three simple …

Chatbots

A chat bot should be the next step in your Big Data project

<b>Google, Facebook</b> and <b>Microsoft</b> have (finally) agreed on something. At their annual conferences in 2016 one message was common:<p>chatbots are the …

Chatbots

Starbucks partners with Ford so drivers can order their coffee in-car through Amazon Alexa

Coffee drinkers will soon be able to place their Starbucks orders within the comfort of their own car after the coffee company announced a …

Amazon

Automation, Job Loss, and the Welfare State

Add to Outlook Add to Google Add to Yahoo Add to iCal<p>Description<p>With the capabilities of artificial intelligence quickly expanding and middle class …

Council on Foreign Relations

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana: One Bluetooth Headset From Hong Kong Could Rule Them All

In a popularity battle that isn’t unlike a high school prom court, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s, uh, Assistant, are the four front-runners to be queen. With Samsung about to add a fifth candidate — Bixby — soon, it seems the A.I. voice assistant catfight is …

Siri

Trump's Treasury Sec: AI won't supplant US jobs for another 50 to 100 years

The Obama administration said AI could threaten anywhere from 9 percent to 47 percent of jobs over the next decade or two, but Steve Mnuchin said …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple's acquisition of Workflow could bring automation to iOS

After this week’s news that Apple had acquired iOS power user app Workflow, you’d be excused for being a bit confused about the future of automation …

Business Technology

Steve Mnuchin has been compromised (by robots)

Not to downplay the apparently imminent existential threat of global trade, but this time the call is coming from inside the house. Well, not the House, but the cabinet, where Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has apparently begun to execute the will of our nation’s omnipresent AI-powered shadow …

Robots

Drivers increasingly expecting advanced automation tech as standard

Manufacturers including Volvo are increasingly focused on autonomous technology.<p>The global automotive survey from Deloitte finds the proportion of …

Autos

SAP Ariba Pulls Bot Hype Into Procurement

B2B FinTech is taking advantage of bot technology across use-cases, from SME banking to accounting. SAP Ariba has just become the latest to add to …

Procurement

'Accessibility and usability': Why brands are turning to SMS bots

Facebook Messenger bots have fallen out of favor recently, so brands are turning to a decidedly more old-school way of communicating: …

Advertising Industry

Taking Back the Quarter with Content Automation

Seismic recently surveyed asset managers to better understand their strategic priorities for 2017, how they harness or plan to harness the value of …

Content Marketing

Toyota teams up with Microsoft to bring voice recognition to cars

It's the biggest arrangement Microsoft's reached with an automaker to date.<p>Toyota owes Microsoft a big ol' "thank you" when it comes to the future of the automaker's connected cars.<p>Microsoft will license a good deal of its connected car patents to Toyota, Automotive News reports. Toyota will have …

Microsoft

Building a Slackbot to Answer All My Stupid Questions

I’ve loved role-playing games (RPGs) for nearly three decades now. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Phantasy Star, an underrated series by …

Robots may take over 30 per cent of UK jobs

Up to 30 per cent of UK jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots and Artificial Intelligence by the early 2030s, a new report warns.<p>The study, …

Artificial Intelligence

Mike McGurrin hacks Amazon Echo and creates talking skull

Amazon Echo is strange enough – especially with fears that Alexa, its intelligent personal assistant, is listening to our every word.<p>But a robot …

Amazon Echo

How AI will shape the future of search

Artificial intelligence is changing the way users access information online. Columnist Justin Freid discusses where the trends are heading and what …

Artificial Intelligence

Conveyancing chatbot aims to engage potential clients looking for a quote

24 March 2017<p>Pennington: moving beyond bland nature of traditional quote forms<p>Leading conveyancing firm Convey Law has launched what is said to be …

CRM

"It's hard to imagine Abraham Lincoln using Twitter”: Douglas Coupland on free time, automation and Donald Trump

The author of Generation X talks to Thomas McMullan about how new technology is changing the way we think about reality<p>Douglas Coupland has hit a …

Questions to ask before choosing an automation partner

As IT service providers increasingly partner with artificial intelligence vendors and automation providers, develop their own proprietary automation …

Business Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Apple AirPods are to IoT what iPhone was to cellphones

In the world of IoT (internet of things) Apple AirPods are the best things since sliced bread.That may sound a bit of an exaggeration. It may sound …

Internet of Things