Chatbots


Sony's smart light is now compatible with Google Assistant

Engadget

Back in 2016, Sony introduced a new smart light that had humidity, motion, luminance and temperature detectors, along with an infrared controller, memory card slot, microphone and speaker. It really was the light that could do it all, and it's very customizable, meaning you can program it to do pretty much whatever you want it to. Since then, Sony has announced more integrations for the Multifunctional Light. Now, the company has announced that it's compatible with Google Assistant. The updates will start rolling out tomorrow, August 22nd.


Outfit every room in your home with Echo Dots for an all-time low of just $25 apiece today

PCWorld

We've called Amazon's $50 Echo Dot "the Echo most people should buy," and right now you can get a few on a deep discount--when you add three Echo Dots to your cart and enter the code DOT3PACK, you'll save $75Remove non-product link, 50 percent off the list price and the lowest price we've seen. Like other Echo devices, the Dot lets you use just your voice to check the weather, play music, shop on Amazon, get news updates and of course, control smart devices, while its seven far-field microphones are designed to pick up your voice from anywhere in the room. Its small form factor means it can fit anywhere, and if you want better sound, you can easily add an external speaker using either Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable. We gave the Echo Dot 4 stars out of 5 for its affordability (even before this discount), broad compatibility with other devices, and compact size. And we know our Echo devices--check out our buyer's guide for a complete roundup of everything Alexa.


LG's wireless Tone headphones have a Google Assistant button

Engadget

With the G7 ThinQ smartphone, LG cemented its commitment to Google's AI, and now it's doing the same with its neck-worn Tone headphone lineup. The LG Tone Platinum SE supports Google Assistant via a dedicated button, letting you get information or a translation without the need to pull out your smartphone or say "OK Google." LG didn't specify, but it appears to be just a button and not full Google Assistant integration like you'll find on certain Sony headphone models, for example. Both models have in-ear headphones, but the Tone Ultra SE (below) also packs a speaker, much like the Tone Studio that launched in 2016. The idea is that you can listen to music without blocking ambient sounds, which helps when you need to be aware of your surroundings.


Best deals for Tuesday: Save on the Apple iPad Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Cloud Cams, Coleman camping gear, and more

Mashable

We gathered the latest and greatest deals from top retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Here are the deals on the products you want for the kitchen, dorm room, and home office, including computers and the best Amazon devices for streaming video, keeping your home secure, and staying entertained. First up, KitchenAid's Classic Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is on sale for $199.99, In addition, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Espresso Maker from De'Longhi is going for $169.00. Meanwhile, Apple's iPad Mini 4 (128GB) is on sale for $299.99,


Best Chatbot Building Platforms For Developers In 2018

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In 2017 we saw unprecedented hype about chatbots, mainly thanks to Microsoft's bot'Tay' and Facebook moving to integrate chatbot capabilities into Messenger. The current use of artificial intelligence to communicate with us in natural language can make us feel like we are experiencing the future already. However, you don't have to be a giant conglomerate with an entire team of developers to be in a position to build one for your own business. With the new readily available technology on the market, you can now literally do it from your own home, and you won't need complex programming skills to do so. Here is a selection of the best current platforms to help to build your chatbot.


Top 6 Artificial Intelligence startups in France that are changing world of technology

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Artificial Intelligence is still a growing field! AI is becoming an integral part of most organisations be it Google, Facebook and others in solving some of the most significant problems faced by both companies and customers. In fact, this is one of the most well-funded segment in the field of technology comparatively. Having said that, almost every startup strives hard to bring unique propositions into the market. Recently, the French government under Emmanuel Macron has announced a program by investing $1.8 billion into AI over the next four years.


Artificial intelligence needs the brand as a partner

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You are reading a summary of the talk held by Jürgen Gietl at our New Year's Apero 2018 in Zurich. Companies have to learn as soon as possible how they can combine artificial intelligence with their brands and the knowledge they possess about their customers' life scarcities. Because data alone is worth nothing, it needs peak performances and empathy. We cannot relinquish control of our interfaces with the customer – we have to use them: to empathize with his needs, recognize his shortages, and satisfy them better than any chatbot ever could. I have a new girlfriend.


Microsoft and Amazon launch Alexa-Cortana public preview for Echo speakers and Windows 10 PCs

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Microsoft and Amazon will bring Alexa and Cortana to all Echo speakers and Windows 10 users in the U.S. today. As part of a partnership between the Seattle-area tech giants, you can say "Hey Cortana, open Alexa" to Windows 10 PCs and "Alexa, open Cortana" to a range of Echo smart speakers. The public preview bringing the most popular AI assistant on PCs together with the smart speaker with the largest U.S. market share will be available to most people today but will be rolled out to all users in the country over the course of the next week, a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Each of the assistants brings unique features to the table. Cortana, for example, can schedule a meeting with Outlook, create location-based reminders, or draw on LinkedIn to tell you about people in your next meeting.


What if MIT's Norman and Amazon's Alexa hooked up?

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If, like Rip Van Winkle, you've been asleep for the last decade and have just woken up, that flip phone you have has become super-popular among retro technologists and survivalists alike, and, oh yeah, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is either going to kill you or save you. AI is the latest in a long line of technology buzzwords that have gripped society, and if we are to believe the people at the respected technology analysts firm Gartner Inc., 2018 will be the year in which AI is truly integrated into our daily lives. As unnerving as the surreal robotics being cooked up at Boston Dynamics or the deployment of facial recognition AI in Chinese public schools may seem, this technology is a product of the human condition and as such, we are embedding our own culture within its coded DNA. Debates about AI currently focus on the notion of ethics. In the study of culture, ethics are embedded within values, and they've become an important part of the deliberations about how AI will integrate into our lives.


SMB Toolkit: How Chatbots Can Transform Your Business

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One important distinction to make is that chatbots are not full-blown virtual assistants like Alexa, Cortana, or Siri. The distinction between a text- or voice-based chat interface is less important than the scope of where digital assistants live and what they do for a user as opposed to the more narrow focus of a chatbot. Virtual assistants are omnipresent AI helpers embedded within our smartphones, Bluetooth speakers, operating systems (OSes), and other computing environments, offering predictive recommendations and performing a wide range of evolving functions. Chatbots, for the most part, live within a single app or messaging interface, and can be programmed more simply with a selection of automated actions for specific business tasks.