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5 AI Chatbot Platforms that are Really Easy to Use

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AI chatbots are the new rage and for good reason. A good bot can save businesses a ton of time, money, manpower, and can largely increase the user response rate. On hearing what an AI chatbot is and what it can do, many assume that building it must be very complex. However, there are several AI chatbot platforms that can help users with close to no technical knowledge build a bot! Let's take a look at 5 chatbot tools that require no coding and are crazy easy to use! ManyChat empowers businesses of all sizes to create Facebook Messenger bots. It doesn't just allow you to make codeless bots, but it also has an incredibly easy visual interface.


UK regulators call Google, Apple search engine deal a 'barrier' to competition

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UK regulators have criticized a browser deal between Apple and Google as a "significant" barrier to search engine competition. The CMA claims that current laws are not enough to properly manage and regulate large technology companies and their platforms, such as Apple, Google, or Facebook, and in particular, deals between different entities can become barriers to innovation and competition. Within the report, the agency highlights a deal made in 2019 between Google and Apple, in which the former paid roughly £1.2 billion ($1.5bn) to become the default search engine on a variety of mobile devices and systems in the United Kingdom alone. According to the regulators, the iPhone and iPad maker received the lion's share of this payment. "Rival search engines to Google that we spoke to highlighted these default payments as one of the most significant factors inhibiting competition in the search market," the CMA says.


Mozilla halts Firefox 78 rollout – and then restarts it after fixing this search engine bug

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Mozilla only released Firefox 78 at the very end of June, but it was forced to stop the release because search engines were missing from the browser. According to the bug report, Firefox 78 was missing all search engines as well as the list of one-click search engines. Additionally, auto-complete in the address bar was broken and search on the start page didn't launch a search. As per Ghacks, the bug was bad enough for Mozilla to halt the Firefox 78 rollout. This issue affected Firefox Stable and Extended Support Release (ESR) when the browser was updated to the new version but not new installations of Firefox. As of the past few hours, downloading the latest version of Firefox gives users Firefox 78.0.1.


How This Startup Is Utilising AI To Add ROI On Top Of IoT Stack

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"AI and ML enhance the adoption of IoT by adding the Return on Investment (RoI) layer on top of the IoT stack for both businesses and consumers."- Utility and convenience have been one of the primary forces behind increased adoption of IoT in the Appliances and Consumer Electronics (ACE) sector in India. With Smart IoT powered appliances, end users can control and monitor appliances, set schedules, and automation rules using mobile apps and voice commands from voice assistants such as Google Home, Alexa, and Siri. Acknowledging this market trend, almost all major brands are adding IoT enabled appliances to their catalogue. From smart lighting to smart air conditioners and smart water purifiers, the Indian market has started witnessing the adoption of IoT products.


Artificial Intelligence - Hype or The Real Deal - Investment Cache

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Artificial intelligence (AI) gained unprecedented attention within the hedge fund community in recent years. However, AI is not some new kid on the block. In fact, its roots go as far back as the 1940s when Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts first introduced the neural network. Today, it finds widespread use in applications from identifying images, speech, natural language processing to robotics and more. Similarly, the use of AI techniques for trading or investment is not a new idea either. But it was not successful in any big way in the earlier attempts. So why is everyone so excited about using AI for investments again? From my own lens, I attribute this to a confluence of technology advances and changing market dynamics. Our technology have improved by leaps and bounds over the years. My first encounter with a PC was an 8-bit Apple machine with a monochrome CRT monitor running on MS DOS. Then came machines with more powerful Intel processors.


NLP, chatbot development reignite conversational commerce AI

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For products and services that have traditionally been harder to sell entirely online, companies have been focusing on a relatively new area called conversational commerce. Instead of presenting visual web pages or mobile interfaces that display products and services in a web shopping-style interface, customers can discover the offerings they are interested in using chat interfaces and conversational interactions with automated bots. Conversational commerce AI tools utilize chatbot technology that has evolved over decades of AI development, which enables brands and shoppers to connect using voice and chat applications. Conversational commerce systems start by engaging a dialogue around the customer's primary needs and drives the user towards what they are looking for. The key trends driving this movement include the growing usage of mobile messaging applications, improvements in natural language processing, the rise of sensors and the integration of payment technology within devices.


The World's New Fastest Supercomputer Is an Exascale Machine for AI

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Twice a year, the world's fastest supercomputers take a test to see which is top of class. These hundred-million-dollar machines usually run on hundreds of thousands of processors, occupy warehouse floors, gobble up copious amounts of energy, and crunch numbers at an ungodly pace. All that computing is directed at some of humanity's toughest challenges with the likes of advanced climate modeling or protein simulations to help cure diseases. For the last two years, the US's Summit was the fastest supercomputer on the planet. But this week, a new system took the crown.


Best Books to Expand Your NLP Knowledge

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The abundance of knowledge and resources can be at times overwhelming specifically when you are talking about new age technologies like Natural Language Processing or what we popularly call it as NLP. When trying to educate yourself, you should always choose resources with solid base and fresh books to impart unprecedented package of learnings. Here is the list of top books that can help you expand your NLP knowledge. One of the most widely referenced and recommended NLP books, written by Stanford University professor Dan Jurafsky and University of Colorado professor James Martin, provides a deep-dive guide on the subject of language processing. It's intended to accompany undergraduate or advanced graduate courses in Natural Language Processing or Computational Linguistics. However, it's a must-read for anyone diving into the theory and application of language processing as they grow and strengthen their analytics capabilities.


Conversational AI – Making your platforms more intelligent

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Chatbots are an integral part of most websites and used by many marketers to interact with their customers on a regular basis in the digital space. There has been a paradigm shift from web browsers in the late '90s to chatbots in 2008 to the much-advanced voice-enabled artificial intelligence using the most intuitive interface- natural language. Businesses and millennials today are already using conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platforms as they are easier, less intrusive and quicker. "There has been a paradigm shift from web browsers in the late '90s to chatbots in 2008 to the much-advanced voice-enabled artificial intelligence using the most intuitive interface- natural language" Technology research company, Gartner, has predicted that 85 percent of all customer interactions will be automated by 2020, and consultancy Servion believes that artificial intelligence will power 95 percent of all customer interactions by 2025. So what is the difference between a chatbot and conversational AI? Though both may sound similar, there is a huge difference in the customer engagement to customer satisfaction levels of both.


Spiketrap Announces $3M Seed Funding to Help Brands

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Spiketrap, an AI-powered consumer intelligence platform, announces that it has closed a $3M seed round led by Susa Ventures with participation from 645 Ventures, Pathbreaker Ventures, Oceans Ventures, WndrCo, SV Angel, Anorak Ventures, Harry Stebbings of 20VC, as well as strategic angels. Ninety percent of all data on the internet is unstructured, and brands that neglect this data are making major decisions on a fraction of total information. Spiketrap's AI-powered platform enables companies and brands to understand conversations at scale in real-time, accelerating customers' speed-to-insight and providing rich data for data-driven decision-making. Its proprietary technology is capable of ingesting massive amounts of data in real-time and to contextually understand what is being discussed while eliminating spam and noise. "As an investor, I've never seen a product become indispensable for the top companies in an industry so quickly," says Leo Polovets, Co-Founder and General Partner, Susa Ventures.