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Artificial Intelligence in Insurance

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The insurance industry is seeing a welcome disruption via artificial intelligence (AI), but only a few companies might benefit from this breakthrough. Most organizations lack cognitive technologies to process insight, and this makes the data almost useless. But insurtech companies can connect the potential of the AI data streams available. In this complete introduction to artificial intelligence, you'll be learning: And although artificial intelligence is massively popular, other complex tech topics like big data and deep learning can often cause confusion. So if you want to leverage AI and get the best out of this breakthrough, this article is for you.


Eight Things Differentiating Rasa From Other Chatbot Platforms

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While I was building prototypes with different chatbot platforms and environments, I saw clear patterns starting to emerge. One could see how most platforms have a very similar approach to Conversational AI. Even though one might lead the other in certain elements, each were trying to solve common problems in a very similar fashion. In this pursuit of solving Conversational AI problems, Rasa stands alone in many areas with their unique approach. Here are eight things they do differently, and do exceptionally well.


Transformers in NLP: Creating a Translator Model from Scratch

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Transformers have now become the defacto standard for NLP tasks. Originally developed for sequence transduction processes such as speech recognition, translation, and text to speech, transformers work by using convolutional neural networks together with attention models, making them much more efficient than previous architectures. And although transformers were developed for NLP, they've also been implemented in the fields of computer vision and music generation. However, for all their wide and varied uses, transformers are still very difficult to understand, which is why I wrote a detailed post describing how they work on a basic level. It covers the encoder and decoder architecture, and the whole dataflow through the different pieces of the neural network.


How Roku built a quiet path to rock the home audio market

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Roku has long been adept at staying above the fray in the platform wars. For example, it was the only third-party video device to support Prime Video as Amazon rolled out its own Fire TV. With its announcement today that it now supports Apple HomeKit (and thus Siri), in addition to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, its players will now be able to be controlled by all of the major voice agents. But while it has steered clear of alienating the industry's giants, it has nonetheless been mounting an offensive, one that is now clear in its pursuit of capturing the home theater. It all began innocently enough with the launch of the Roku Wireless Speakers.


Artificial Intelligence Tools Predict Loneliness - ScienceBlog.com

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For the past couple of decades, there has been a loneliness pandemic, marked by rising rates of suicides and opioid use, lost productivity, increased health care costs and rising mortality. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its associated social distancing and lockdowns, have only made things worse, say experts. Accurately assessing the breadth and depth of societal loneliness is daunting, limited by available tools, such as self-reports. In a new proof-of-concept paper, published online September 24, 2020 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, a team led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine used artificial intelligence technologies to analyze natural language patterns (NLP) to discern degrees of loneliness in older adults. "Most studies use either a direct question of ' how often do you feel lonely,' which can lead to biased responses due to stigma associated with loneliness or the UCLA Loneliness Scale which does not explicitly use the word'lonely,'" said senior author Ellen Lee, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine.


AI's Latest Breakthrough Will Transform Learning--Here Are 5 Ways

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution just took a huge step forward, thanks to a breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) model that can learn virtually anything about the world -- and produce the content to tell us about it. The AI program is GPT-3 by OpenAI, which started out as a language model to predict the next word in a sentence and has vastly exceeded that capability. Now, drawing from voluminous data -- essentially all of Wikipedia, links from Reddit, and other Internet content -- GPT-3 has shown it can also compose text that is virtually indistinguishable from human-generated content. Asger Alstrup Palm, Area9's chief technology officer, explained that GPT-3 was tasked with testing the "scaling hypothesis" -- to see if a bigger model with ever-increasing amounts of information would lead to better performance. Although it's too early to call the scaling hypothesis proven, there are some strong indications that this is, indeed, the case. Further validating the potential of GPT-3, Microsoft recently announced it will exclusively license the model from OpenAI, with the intention of developing and delivering AI solutions for customers and creating new solutions using natural language generation.


Early Prime Day deal drops 3rd-gen Echo Dot to $20 (when you buy two)

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Amazon announced that it's annual Prime Day shopping event would be on October 13 and 14 this year, but we're already starting to see Prime-exclusive deals available. One of them knocks the 3rd-generation Echo Dot to its lowest price ever -- only $20 -- when you buy two of them and use the code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout. That means you'll spend a total of $40 for two Echo Dots, which is $10 less than the normal price and $2 less than their 2019 Black Friday sale price. Remember -- this is an early Prime Day deal, so you must be an Amazon Prime member to get the savings. The company continues to offer 30-day free trials to new Prime subscribers, so you can sign up and take advantage of this deal as well as be all set for Prime Day when it rolls around in about two weeks. It's also worth calling out that the Echo Dots in this deal are the previous models.


Don't Be Overwhelmed by NLP

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With enormous amount go textual datasets available; giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc have diverted their focus towards NLP. Let's these Tweets put things into perspective: This is barely the tip of the iceberg. So while you were trying to understand and implement a model, a bunch of new lighter and faster models were already available. I read them all to realize most of the research is re-iteration of similar concepts. Learn to use what's available, efficiently, before jumping on to what else can be used In practice, these models are a small part of a much bigger pipeline.


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The Rise of Chatbots

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Good customer service is an integral element to the success of any business. With the rise in mobile devices over the last decade, chatbots are increasingly becoming a popular option to interact with users. The popularity of chatbots and their adoption is rapidly increasing as they enable businesses to provide real-time customer service in many e-commerce settings. Let us explore the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and chatbots for customer service. A chatbot is an AI-based software that interacts with a user through either text or audio.