Chatbots


After Mobile App Success, Rock My World Introduces Fitness Chatbot Xconomy

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Adam Riggs-Zeigen has come a long way since 2013, when he co-founded San Diego's Rock My World and introduced the mobile app RockMyRun to provide upbeat music playlists to motivate smartphone-equipped runners. Rock My World developed Jolt.ai for Slack, the software that enables corporate teams to share workplace messages, ideas, and other information through a variety of channels that can be customized for a variety of projects and purposes. The artificial intelligence-based system incorporates sensor data from fitness devices in its messages to Slack user groups, he said. For example, Jolt.ai may send some users a mid-afternoon message that they have not yet met their daily activity goal of walking 10,000 steps.


Siri talks to HAL 9000 about A.I. sexism

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Science fiction has shaped the aesthetics and sounds of tech today. So, here's a question: what if Apple's Siri talked to 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000? The subject: why Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant have feminine voices and why HAL - not to mention, IBM's Watson - talk like guys.


Microsoft's chatbot Zo has some interesting opinions about Windows

Mashable

Microsoft's chatbots really are the gift that keeps on giving. Its latest chatbot, Zo, is no exception. Microsoft's chatbots have hit some bumps before. Compared with that, Zo's comments about Windows are pretty innocent, if hilarious.


Silly Siri Tricks - thanks Queen

USATODAY

Jefferson Graham demonstrates that Apple's Siri actually does have a sense of humor. Watch what happens when he says, "Hey Siri, I'm a little silhouette of a man," on TalkingTech. Jefferson Graham demonstrates that Apple's Siri actually does have a sense of humor. Watch what happens when he says, "Hey Siri, I'm a little silhouette of a man," on TalkingTech.


Facebook Is Working On A Modular Device That Can Function Like A Smartphone Or Smart Speaker

International Business Times

The patent was filed by Building 8, Facebook's secretive division that focuses on developing consumer hardware. This kind of device has already been experimented by Google for years for its Project Ara smartphone. Smart speakers are currently gaining a lot of attention thanks to Amazon's Echo, the Google Home and Apple's HomePod, so it makes sense that Facebook is interested in making its own. The technology described in Building 8's patent was developed by Nascent Object.


Infographic: Some fun facts about Chatbot

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Chatbot has become become the most talked about technology and has made a good presence across various industries-- banking, finance, HR, insurance, being a few. From solving customer queries to acting as personal assistant, these chatbots are making life easy in more than one ways. We bring to you a short infographic on all about chatbots. Read How to build chatbot from scratch here.


Freshworks makes its eight acquisition, buys chatbot startup Joe Hukum

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Chennai-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup Freshworks has acquired Joe Hukum, a platform that helps businesses build their own chatbots, the company announced on Thursday, according to a VCCircle report. As per the report, Joe Hukum's technology automates sales, service and support workflows across various channels and user interfaces. In 2015, Freshworks acquired in-app customer support platform Konotor, social recommendation platform Frilp, and video chat software 1Click.io. Freshworks last raised funding of $55 million in its Series F round les by Sequoia Capital India and existing investor Accel Partners.


Why Men Talk Dirty to Siri – MEL Magazine

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"People actually want to perceive their AIBOs as real pets and therefore they attribute doglike emotions to the AIBO," Levy writes. Reports from Japan suggest some men there now prefer virtual girlfriends to the real thing. "There's no doubt whatsoever in my mind that people will develop strong emotional attachments to robots and that will become more normal." "Basically yeah, any of the data that comes back that can be fed back into an algorithm that can be fed back into a piece of technology is helping improve the technology so in a way they are definitely improving it!"


10 Ways Enterprise Chatbot Solutions And AI Are Changing The Workplace

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While some chatbots still need some tweaking (I always recommend they be supervised by a human to avoid unsatisfactory customer service), advancements in AI and natural language processing (NLP) make them extremely capable of understanding formal and casual dialogue as well as slang, emojis, and the use of punctuation. Placing orders, paying for supplies, and requesting information about various external products and services are all business-to-business (B2B) activities that are extremely time-consuming; these are currently handled by various members of your teams. Your enterprise chatbot solution should offer AI and NLP capabilities while also being simple to use. Your tool shoudl be able to allow enterprises to effectively launch a chatbot into their internal and external business processes without the need for any coding knowledge.


IBM intros Watson Tone Analyzer to make chatbots emotionally astute ZDNet

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According to a blog post published Thursday, IBM Watson distinguished engineer and master inventor Rama Akkiraju said the new Tone Analyzer for Customer Engagement tool is designed to help customer service agents and chatbots craft appropriate responses to frustrated, sad, or satisfied customers. Through linguistic analysis, the tool can pick up on seven different types of tone via conversations with customer service agents and chatbots: frustration, satisfaction, excitement, politeness, impoliteness, sadness and sympathy. "The new feature makes a chatbot tone-aware, enabling it to provide unique responses to frustrated, sad, or satisfied customers," Akkiraju said in the blog post. And the IBM Services Platform with Watson will also bolster adoption.