Bots

Rolls-Royce demonstrates robotic bugs as the future of engine maintenance

Rolls-Royce showed off its new vision for the future of engine maintenance this week at the Farnborough Airshow, and it might make your skin crawl.<p>As part of its IntelligentEngine vision (which the company announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year) it demonstrated plans for both a …

Robotics

If Medical Chatbots Get Smart Enough, Can I Finally Stop Going to See My Doctor?

Asking for a friend. All my friends, in fact.Like pretty much all men, I hate going to the doctor. The only time in recent memory that I’ve made an …

For Men

My Encounters with Russian Trolls

This is my first blog for DK, so please forgive me if I ramble.<p>I recently posted a comment on a certain political web site (which shall remain …

Posters

Time to put your phone down and ask Alexa instead

A decade ago, if you asked anybody in the customer service game how consumers will interact with their favourite brands in the future, the lion’s …

Customer Service

Machines Can Provide A More Human Customer Experience Than A Human Can

Think of the last time you called a customer service line and talked to a human—did it feel like you were talking to an actual person, or was the conversation robotic and simply followed a script? Instead of enjoying a real conversation, too many brand interactions end up feeling impersonal and …

Machine Learning

My bots are now placeless. Homeless. Serverless.

I usually keep an eye on various websites – for latest publications, hot new offers, limited-time games and contests, and the like. Most of these do …

Apps

Happiness police, chatbots and burnout monitors: the future of retaining staff

Happiness police, real-time chatbots for employees and burnout monitors are just some of the applications that have been developed to ensure that …

Business (South Africa)

Russian Bots vs. Media/Academia/Hollywood — Which Had a Bigger Impact on the Election?

The indictment of a dozen Russian spies explained, in great detail, the extent of their interference in the 2016 election. Americans learned about …

Donald Trump

Reddit Chat live chat rooms arrive in beta for many subreddits

Reddit is bringing back an old-school form of Internet interaction with strangers: chat rooms. The company has been quietly working on its Chat …

Internet

Twitter Removes ~70 Million Bots, Trolls, and Abusive Accounts

Twitter (TWTR) stock recorded its largest intraday decline earlier this month after the Washington Post reported that the company has accelerated the …

Internet

How social media bots became an influential force in Africa’s elections – Quartz

Automated bots are increasingly muddying election cycles in Africa, disrupting conversations, distorting facts, and bringing into focus the changing dynamics of politics in the continent.<p>Bots on social media became an influential voice during crucial Africa polls over the last year, claims a report …

Social Media

From Russia, with hashtags? How social bots dilute online speech

If you search Twitter for the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether, a tag created by activists opposing the forcible separation of migrant children from …

Social Media

Twitter puts verification reforms on hold owing to upcoming mid-term US elections

Twitter has put its reform efforts for verification process on hold owing to the upcoming mid-term US elections. Twitter will channel its attention …

Donald Trump

How to tell if you are talking to a bot

8m<p>Will Knight writes: “<b>Twitter</b> recently took drastic action as part of an effort to slow the <b>spread of misinformation</b> through its platform, <b>shutting</b> …

Bots

The Future of Work: AI, Robotics—and Yes, Humanity

×<p><i>As cognitive technologies make further inroads into the enterprise, traditional talent strategies are shifting, and executives are pondering the ramifications of an increasingly automated workforce.</i><p>According to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report, 42 percent of surveyed executives …

Innovation

English

'Hello. Would You Like To Stop Robocalls?'<p>Why does it seem like the only people who call are the robots? Because maybe it's true. Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) reports robocalls are on the rise, in part because it's so easy to make autodialer calls from anywhere in the world. When a colleague …

Identity Theft

Kik Messaging App Reveals Its First Beta Product, Kinit

Canadian messaging application Kik has launched its first beta product called Kinit, which is related to the company’s Kin token, TechCrunch reported …

Market Capitalization

Lessons from DISA's RPA pilot

The Department of Defense is in the midst of an audit that requires it to have its 2017 financial statements ready and reviewable. For an agency with …

Government Technology

The future will be feminist and pedal-powered: kickstarting a fifth "Bikes Not Rockets" sf anthology

Elly Blue (previously) writes, "Will toilet paper be a valuable commodity after society collapses? Who will help you with your reproductive rights in …

Feminism

Dual Brushed Motor Controller Doesn’t Care How It Receives Commands

The simple DC brushed motor is at the heart of many a robotics project. For making little toy bots that zip around the house, you can’t beat the …

Arduino

A VP Roundtable's Look Ahead On Direct Material Sourcing

We’re living in an era characterized by ever-changing patterns of uncertainty. Whether we’re talking about the potential impacts of a renegotiated NAFTA or shifting China-US-EU-Canada-Mexico alliances, from a supply management perspective, the world is not the same anymore. Factor-in changing …

Manufacturing

3 Ways AI Will Change the Way You Staff Your Marketing Department

When I first started my career in marketing, if someone told me that my work would one day be augmented by cloud-based artificial intelligence and …

Artificial Intelligence

Emerging Technologies | Oracle Magazine

July/August 2018<p>Build multilanguage bots with Oracle Intelligent Bots.<p>July/August 2018<p>Gadgets, apps, and curiosities for every classroom—and …

Emerging Technology

Why has there been a crackdown on sports ticket touting? A solicitor explains

Solicitor Ilana Baines explains why a legal crackdown on bots should spell the end of outrageous mark-ups on secondary ticket sales – for now, at …

Sport (UK)

How to tell if you’re talking to a bot - MIT Technology Review

Twitter recently took drastic action as part of an effort to slow the spread of misinformation through its platform, shutting down more than two …

Fake News

Mid-Year Review: The Top Four Digital Marketing Strategies Of 2018

Marketing is evolving at an exponential rate. In fact, one survey found that 76% of respondents felt “that marketing had changed more in the past two years than in the previous 50.” Consider these digital marketing stats: By next year, mobile will account for 72% of digital ad spend. Over the last …

Marketing

Revolut’s Compliance Bots Won’t Stop the Smurfs

The founder of fintech startup Revolut, Nikolay Storonsky, used to scorn banks’ compliance departments as overstuffed and out-of-date. “We can do as much as an army of compliance professionals with one good data scientist,” he told website eFinancialCareers last year.<p>Even that algorithmic ninja may …

Customers

K Health Launches Symptom-Checking Chatbot With $9.5 Million

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Chatbots

Russian bots are using #WalkAway to try to wound Dems in midterms

<b>(CNN) —</b> The recent announcement that 12 Russian nationals have been indicted by Robert Mueller for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election is another reminder of how vulnerable our democracy is to such breaches.<p>The indictments charge that via hacking, phishing attacks, …

Opinion

Twitter Bots Active in All African Votes Since 2017, Study Finds

Twitter bots, or software that sends out automated posts, were active in each of the 10 elections held across Africa in the past year, according to a …

Africa