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Humans-in-the-Loop? Which Humans? Which Loop?

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For people working in Artificial Intelligence, the term "Human-in-the-Loop" is familiar i.e. a human in the process to validate and improve the AI. There are many situations where it applies, as many as there are AI applications. Let's take for example the automation of a contact center. A customer submits a ticket which is fielded by a Helpdesk Agent who triages and routes the ticket to the appropriate department where a Case Handler resolves the query and passes back to the Customer to close off the ticket. For products or services which don't require specialist case handlers, this situation reduces to the Helpdesk Agent and Case Handler being the same person and looking after both tasks e.g. in a retail bank or airline where the Agent would do almost all the tasks apart from escalations and complaints.


What is Machine learning & Top 5 skills required to become a Machine Learning expert

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Machine Learning is simply making a computer perform a task without explicitly programming it. If we impose business rules to build a system and not let the machine find patterns on its own, we will not be able to put up with the versatility of the data that comes in. Let's explain this with an example. Suppose we manually looked through data to find patterns and coded our systems such that if I fall in the age range of 30-40 and I am a male, I would like product X more than product Y. What we did not consider is the personalization parameter.


OCBC Bank is First in Singapore to Rollout AI-Powered Voice Banking Services

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OCBC Bank is the first in Singapore to launch artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice banking in collaboration with Google. With Google Home and Google Home Mini launched in Singapore today, anyone can now speak to the Google Assistant – on a smartphone or a Google Home device – to initiate a conversation about OCBC Bank's services. These services range from planning for retirement or a new home to saving for a child's education, getting the latest financial market updates, and more. The proliferation of digital voice assistants is tipped to impact the consumer technology market this year. A 2018 Digital Consumer Survey by Accenture of 21,000 online consumers in 19 countries, including Singapore, indicates year-on-year growth of stand-alone digital voice assistants will increase 50 per cent in 2018, suggesting consumers are increasingly comfortable talking to digital voice assistants and smart home devices.


Amazon: The world's most innovative tech company

ZDNet

Why Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints are a master stroke Amazon has opened up Alexa to the masses with Alexa Skill Blueprints and integrated the digital assistant even more with families. Here's why these Alexa code-free templates make good business sense. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' 2018 shareholder letter has a few key disclosures as well as some management tips to ponder. Enterprises learning to love cloud lock-in too: Is it different this time? Don't look now but more enterprises are going "all-in" with select cloud providers.


Swiping sucks, so here are 6 dating sites for guys to find love

Mashable

As a 2017 study points out, we used to end up with people who we were somehow connected to, whether friends of friends, classmates, or neighbors. Online dating, however, changed the game, and people who meet through tech-based dating tend to be total strangers. It's not easy to get to know someone through an app, and if you're looking for a relationship, tech-based dating usually means wading through hundreds of profiles looking for a casual fling. If you're a guy looking for love, here are six dating apps and sites that will help you find "the one" -- you just might have to do a lot of searching, first. Coffee Meets Bagel may appeal to singles who are tired of endlessly swiping without any feedback or interest from others.


How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

WIRED

When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions "skills" rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a "few lines of code," Amazon promised, "you can build entirely new experiences designed around voice." Amazon says most Echo users in the US have tried these third-party skills at least once, but getting them to work can be tricky. Alexa's voice skills often require super specific queries, and until Amazon started paying attention to the discovery process, taking the time to find new skills felt like a non-essential burden. Now, Amazon has decided to make Alexa's skills all about you: your dad jokes, your homework, your birthday.


The best dating sites for women looking to make a connection

Mashable

Success stories for eHarmony are shared on the site. Once again -- free to sign up, but options are limited. To actually message, you need a membership.


AI doesn't see the colour of your collar - Khaleej Times

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The kindergarten students who entered the school gate for the first time in 2017 will be graduating by 2030. These students and the young people to finish school over the next two decades will be the workers of 2040. Developments in AI are one of a number of interrelated --megatrends-- changing the nature of the labour markets across the world. The profound changes ahead demand an education approach that will provide young people with enduring capabilities and skills to harness the opportunities of technological change. There is significant uncertainty about the full impact of artificial intelligence and automation on employment but the effects are already starting to be felt.


Over 25? Maybe don't admit you smoke weed in your dating profile

Mashable

We love a data-backed online dating tip – especially one tied to the holiday of choice for stoners everywhere. Unfortunately, this one isn't too promising for smokers who make their weed interest public. According to some data from dating app Hinge, revealing an interest in smoking weed on one's dating profile can actually work in your favor – but only if you're under 25. Per the team's number crunchers, users under 25 who say they smoke weed see, on average, a 10 percent increase in likes. But for those 25 and older, admitting you smoke weed on your profile results in a 25 percent decrease in likes.


LG G7 ThinQ will have dedicated Google Assistant button

ZDNet

LG's upcoming G7 ThinQ smartphone will feature a dedicated hardware button to launch Google Assistant, according to our sister site CNET. The LG G7 ThinQ's Google Assistant button will be found on the left of the device. The power button will be on the right. LG is set to launch the G7 ThinQ at a New York launch event on May 2. Google Assistant is a voice-powered personal assistant that accesses info like calendar dates, news, weather, control IoT products, and much more. The G7 ThinQ will be the first flagship to have Google Assistant loaded by default to a dedicated hardware button.