Miso Robotics scores some cheddar for its burger-flipping robot


Miso Robotics, creator of a burger flipping robot named Flippy, today announced $10 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Acacia Research Corporation. Last year, Flippy scored a coup when it debuted with high marks a Pasadena CaliBurger, a trendy fast-food chain in tech-obsessed Cali...

Need a job? Why artificial intelligence will help human workers, not hurt them


Updated In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth. Crawford had worked at NASA for 15 years and wrote software for Mars rovers. He left NASA to run engineering for Google Books, and while there he noticed that ...

Chatbots in Business - how brands are using them and how to get one


A chatbot is an intelligent computer program which is able – well – to converse with people. Chatbots can provide helpful services like for instance selling pizza to hungry office workers or quickly getting you the T-shirt you need. These digital fellows have been around for a while but 2016 saw the...

His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming


Among the many, many Democrats who will seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020, most probably agree on a handful of core issues: protecting DACA, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, unraveling President Trump's tax breaks for the wealthy. Only one of them will be focused on the robot apocalypse. That candidate is Andrew Yang, a well-connected New York businessman who is mounting a longer-than-long-shot bid for the White House. Mr. Yang, a former tech executive who started the nonprofit organization Venture for America, believes that automation and advanced artificial intelligence will soon make millions of jobs obsolete -- yours, mine, those of our accountants and radiologists and grocery store cashiers. He says America needs to take radical steps to prevent Great Depression-level unemployment and a total societal meltdown, including handing out trillions of dollars in cash. "All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society," Mr. Yang, 43, said over lunch at a Thai restaurant in Manhattan last month, in his first interview about his campaign. In just a few years, he said, "we're going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are 94 percent male, with an average level of education of high school or one year of college." "That one innovation," he continued, "will be enough to create riots in the street. And we're about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center workers, fast-food workers, insurance companies, accounting firms."

Chatbots: A look inside the technology that powers the AI tool


We often talk about artificial intelligence (AI) in pretty broad terms, but as you know well, AI is kind of a misnomer that is really a compilation of a number of different technologies. TechRepublic spoke with Gupshup co-founder and CEO Beerud Sheth to discuss what types of machine learning, data analysis, and other predictive tools power an AI chatbot. Sheth: AI is a collection of a lot of different techniques and such. One of the commonest things that's used in chatbots vs. natural language processing, which is used for understanding regular, unstructured queries. Let's say if a user wants to buy a ticket, they may say the same thing a dozen different ways. I wanna make a booking. I want to reserve. I want to fly to New York. Whatever it is. A natural language processing technique or algorithm would help you figure out what the user is saying. Another thing that people use often is for personalization. Based on their past track record, we can make predictions about what they are likely to want or need next. We've done that, for example, predicting the kind of news stories they prefer. You can use it for things like pattern recognition and image detection and so on. The user sends a photo and now the bot has to figure out what is it. Is there a cat in the photo or not in it. Or let's say if it's a receipt of a restaurant, you want to be able to read what's in there, and classify it correctly and so on. And then getting into more advanced things. There's a lot of things, deep learning and so on. Those could come in. The benefit of AI in general is that the bot can engage with humans in a convenient way. Like I said, in terms of the user having to identify the receipt and the restaurant name and the amount, the bot can look it up automatically. He just sends a photo, and the bot can figure out what's in the photo, etc. So, it makes it easy and convenient, and these technologies--as they evolve--they keep getting better. Of course, for voices, voice recognition is a big deal, another big AI technique, and you know these things are getting better every day.

TGI Fridays looks to AI for app retention - Digiday


TGI Fridays is using artificial intelligence to do everything from power chatbots to personalize service at locations. The chain is particularly focused on how AI can keep app users. From May to November 2017, TGI Fridays used "predictive churn" tech to predict when a user would leave the app after...

Artificial Intelligence And The Threat To Salespeople


Robots are taking over workforces everywhere. If you go to a bank, there are rarely any tellers in the building. Most transactions are done through an ATM. If you go to drive-thrus in the area where you live, you don't interact with a real person. You just punch what you want into a computer that then orders your food. You don't go to places to rent movies anymore. You push a button on a computer, and it's delivered right to your TV. Many jobs have been replaced already by artificial intelligence. We've seen the fast food worker and a lot of low-paying entry-level jobs replaced by artificial intelligence and robots. Read more from…

Zuckerberg Media sees role for the kitchen ZDNet


There's a mainstream fear that AI will negatively impact communities removed and disenfranchised from the tech economy and the tech revolution. But what if there were a way to flip that feared phenomenon around, and turn tech into an ally? Would that idea be naive, and pursuit of it a quixotic mission? Or could it be that technology might empower those threatened communities if they could have more access to it, and real facilitation in gaining comfort and competency with it? Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, and Jim Augustine, her COO, both feel strongly that the brighter forecast has real efficacy.

Dishq Uses Machine Learning for Bespoke Food Recommendations


This is embarrassing to admit, but whenever I go to a Thai restaurant, I just order tofu phad thai. Yes, that is totally generic, but I don't get to eat out that often, so I don't want to take a chance on something that I might really dislike. I know what I'm getting with the phad thai, so I settle. It's that settling for the same-ole that Dishq is looking to improve by using artificial intelligence. Based in Bangalore, India, Dishq provides APIs for food service companies like restaurants, corporate cafeterias or food delivery services, so those companies can implement AI-powered, customized food suggestions for their customers.