What Amazon got right about smart speakers that Facebook won't

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Just hours after Amazon surprised us with more new Alexa-enabled gadgets than we can count, word broke that Facebook's voice-activated smart speaker (reportedly called "Portal") is apparently back on -- and launching as soon as next week. Suddenly, a market that's been dominated by Amazon and Google is starting to look more interesting ... right? I'm not trying to pick on Facebook but, of everything we've heard about the yet-to-be-revealed Portal speaker, nothing suggests that it can overcome what will likely be its biggest hurdle: that nobody trusts Facebook anymore. If you think an Alexa-enabled microwave sounds creepy, how do you think people will react to a Facebook-branded smart speaker with an AI-infused camera? I'm not saying that one company has better or worse intentions than the other.


Cafe utilizing robot waiters remotely controlled by people with disabilities to open in Tokyo

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A cafe will open in Tokyo's Akasaka district in November featuring robot waiters remotely controlled from home by people with severe physical disabilities. The cafe, which will be open on weekdays between Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, will deploy OriHime-D robots controlled by disabled people with conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease. The robot waiters, 1.2 meters tall and weighing 20 kg., will transmit video footage and audio via the internet, allowing their controllers to direct them from home via tablets or computers. At an event marking the OriHime-D's debut in August, a robot controlled by Nozomi Murata, who suffers from auto-phagic vacuolar myopathy that causes muscle weakness, asked a family if they would like some chocolate. "I want to create a world in which people who can't move their bodies can work too," said Kentaro Yoshifuji, chief executive officer of Ory Lab. Inc., the developer of the robots.


Kanye West Lyrics Used to Program Rapping A.I. Bot: Listen

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A West Virginia teenager has created a rapping A.I. bot that self-generates bars using Kanye West lyrics, Quartz reports. Robbie Barrat, 17, was debating whether artificial intelligence could be taught to perform tasks better than humans in his high school's programming club. Using open-source code, Barrat programmed the A.I. with 6,000 Kanye lines and finished the project in a week to show his peers at the next club meeting. "Originally it just rearranged existing rap lyrics, but now it can actually write word-by-word," Barrat said. The bot can also incorporate pauses for rhythm and effect.


Machine Learning basics -- It's your cup of tea! – Hacker Noon

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I'm sure every one of you must have heard of this buzzword Machine Learning. Let's jump into its basics. Note: This is just an overview to have quick knowledge about machine learning and how it is helpful. Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can access data and use it learn for themselves.


How artificial intelligence is already impacting today's jobs

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The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the future of jobs is usually discussed in theoretical terms. Reports and opinion pieces cover the full spectrum of opinion--from the dystopian landscape that leaves millions unemployed, to new opportunities for social and economic mobility that could transform society for the better. But the impact of AI on jobs is not just theoretical any more--it's very much part of our present. The World Economic Forum's The Future of Jobs 2018 takes a look at how today's jobs are being transformed by the introduction of new technologies. Data on the skills that millions of members report on LinkedIn can give us additional insight into how AI is impacting different industries and job functions globally.


Five Essential Human Skills in an AI-Sales Partnership Absolutdata

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What changes will AI bring to your sales team? Do we really need this technology to navigate today?s market? Artificial Intelligence (AI) typifies the love-hate relationship that many people have with technology. They love the ease of using voice-controlled assistants like Siri and Alexa, but they don?t fully trust whatever is making it work. They have no problem with using chatbots and self-checkout lanes, but they baulk at the idea of?robots?


Why Google needs to make machine learning its growth fuel

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These and many other fascinating insights are from CB Insight's report, Google Strategy Teardown (PDF, 49 pp., opt-in). The report explores how Alphabet, Google's parent company is relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to capture new streams of revenue in enterprise cloud computing and services. Also, the report looks at how Alphabet can combine search, AI, and machine learning to revolutionise logistics, healthcare, and transportation. It's a thorough teardown of Google's potential acquisitions, strategic investments, and partnerships needed to maintain search dominance while driving revenue from new markets. CB Insights found Google is experiencing rising TAC in their core ad and search businesses.


Senior Data Scientist - project44

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As an ideal candidate --you are obsessed with data. You analyze large amounts of raw information to find patterns that will help improve our customers. We will rely on you to build data products to extract valuable business insights. In this role, you should be highly analytical with a knack for analysis, math and statistics. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential for interpreting data.


Artificial Intelligence for Retail Shelf Monitoring

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Latest advancement in AI technology and deep learning algorithms are changing the retail industry. AI will help in recognizing product conditions on shelf such as availability, assortments, space, pricing, promotions and many more. It will empower companies to take immediate corrective. AI algorithms can definitely improve planogram compliance by providing accurate stock visibility insights. Companies will be able to monitor and benchmark duration of out of stock instances, which will lead to better in-store product placement.


The Future of Finance Fintech, AI, Blockchain By Dinis Guarda

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About me: Dinis Guarda: author, CEO and founder Working / collaborating / advising the likes of Advisor: Founder board member: 3. 3 "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change" Charles Darwin by @DinisGuarda 4. 4 The future is always difficult to embrace and goes faster than we think! The 2d generation -- now is powered by blockchain AI technology -- and is bringing us the Internet of value and identity. We are now at a stage where digital platforms are the go to platform(s) reshaping the world of business, finance transforming 360 human affairs radically. Trust is established through mass collaboration and clever code rather than by powerful intermediaries like governments and banks."