According to CareerBuilder, over 67% of the applicants have a positive impression about organizations who keep them updated throughout the application process. However, it is a herculean task for recruiters to provide regular updates to every one of the aspirants participating in the recruitment process. In fact, they hardly have time to personally update the status of rejected applications while they're busy sourcing candidates. Almost 75% of the applicants never hear back from recruiters. This is an area in which chatbots can transform the applicant experience and take it to a new level.
Salesforce recently conducted a survey on how small businesses use technology, and we were surprised to see that 61% of small business owners believe their businesses are not ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Because AI adds the type of seamless efficiency that gives small businesses a huge boost -- and because you probably use it already anyway. That's right -- We rely on intelligent offerings every time we order from Amazon, ask Siri for directions, chat with a customer service rep, or add a suggested friend on Facebook. And there's no reason smaller businesses can't emulate these powerful, time-saving features, too. Here are three ways to add artificial intelligence to your growing business.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is full of promises to transform everything from transportation to building maintenance to enterprise security. But no field may have more to gain than the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers and device makers are all looking to the IoT to revolutionize the gathering of healthcare data and the delivery of care itself. But while many of those benefits are already becoming reality, others are still on the drawing board. Two very different IoT healthcare stories crossed by desk this month -- taken together they provide a surprisingly nuanced picture of healthcare IoT.
But Mica, the company's artificial intelligence, really deserves attention. With "Mica", the augmented reality company Magic Leap has introduced the next evolution of virtual assistants. In contrast to Cortana, Alexa or Siri with their disembodied voices, Mica has an incredibly real avatar. She yawns, makes eye contact and interacts with the wearer using Magic Leap's augmented reality glasses. At the time of Alexa, Siri or Cortana we are used to having ubiquitous but disembodied vocal assistants.
Google Assistant might soon have its own list- and note-taking functions instead of leaning on third-party apps. The 9to5Google team has sifted through the Google search app's code to discover an unannounced "Lists and Notes" web app for Assistant that lets you jot down important information to sync across devices. It's extremely basic (you can't do much more than add titles), but there's a degree of polish that suggests it's not just an experiment. It's not clear if or when Google might put this app into service. Any such move might leave people scratching their head -- if you already use Google Keep or Google Tasks, why switch to this?
CES 2017 was set to be the biggest so far, with more exhibitors, products, and visitors than ever before in its 50 year history. But one signal sparked my interest above everything else: increasing focus on how technology brings value over technology per se. It was hard to find anything not labeled "smart" or "intelligent" this year. While just a year ago AI seemed futuristic, people now expect it … and expect it to work straight out of the box. This is because we've reached sufficient maturity in what I call the 4Cs of useful AI: computing, connectivity, cognition, and convergence.
ESILV engineering students, used to working on real-life cases, put their specific skills at the service of cross-disciplinary teams. Organised by ESILV, French business school IESEG and De Vinci FabLab, this one-day hackathon had over a hundred students from various higher education institutions work together: ESILV, IESEG, Epitech, Institut Mines Télécom and École Polytechnique. Organised in cross-disciplinary teams mixing business schools and engineering schools, the students had a few hours only to present a solution at the end of the day. Throughout the whole process, all teams were supported by professional coaches from Oracle, Accenture, Total, Orange, Cap Gemini to name but a few. In the late afternoon, teams pitched their solutions for each issue in front of jurys.
It's not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti -- who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like -- just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. SEE ALSO: Burger King's AI-written ads are beautiful disasters The "visibly clothed" TED TALKER opens the bizarrely inspirational lecture -- given in a "place where you can talk" -- with an anecdote about his or her grandfather, who was "paid for for being old." "He told me there's just enough plastic in the ocean for someone to marry," the TED TALKER states. The audience doesn't care much about the actual TED Talk, but are insistent that they be shown graphs.
Digital natives represent approximately a quarter of France's population, i.e. 16 million people. Despite being hyper-connected and able to adopt the latest technologies in the blink of an eye, millennials seek relationships with the perfect combination of human and digital aspects: 82 percent of them agree that we'll never completely outgrow the need for flesh-and-blood consultants!(1) At the same time, they're more demanding than the previous generation when it comes to quality of service and the customer relationship.(2) So, how do we speak the language of the millennials? What if this challenge represented an opportunity for evolution in your customer relations?