Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning is no more an unheard concept. AI is everywhere now and is slowly taking over routine jobs from human beings. Digital marketers and businesses are implementing AI to improve their rankings, increase sales revenue, and cut operational costs at the same time. AI is placing itself in almost every aspect of our life. Back in the 2000s, who would have thought of controlling their home appliances using Amazon Echo or Google Home?
No longer does artificial intelligence only exist in sci-fi movies and books about dystopian futures. It's in the here and now, continuously transforming the way in which we live and work. Many of us interact with AI on a daily basis - we call on Siri to give us directions to nearby coffee shops or ask Alexa to order us goods on Amazon. AI is also seamlessly supplementing and enhancing operations across a variety of industries and increasingly disrupting internal company functions. However, at the same time, it's also becoming more and more apparent where AI still has limitations that prevent it from fully replicating human behavior.
Luminaries like former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and iRobot CTO Helen Greiner expect that one day, loquacious AI will provide companionship for the roughly 40% of elderly people who say they regularly experience loneliness. If this vision comes to pass, it'd be no less than transformative from a wellness perspective -- loneliness has been found to increase the likelihood of mortality by 26%, and lonely people have a 64% increased chance of developing clinical dementia. That's perhaps why researchers at the University of Rochester investigated interactions between older adults and an AI-imbued digital avatar. As they explain in a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org They say that this suggests avatars could provide "valuable practice" and coaching to help older adults navigate a challenging conversation and improve both their health and quality of life.
You can save even more on the Ring Video Doorbell 2 when you order via Amazon Alexa. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Round two of Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here and there are still plenty of amazing discounts to be had. Chances are you've probably spent time perusing a plethora of deals on Amazon, but have you tried using Alexa to save big?
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has announced what it claims is a world first: a partnership with Amazon's Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website. Britons who ask Alexa basic health questions like "Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?" The partnership does not add significantly to Alexa's skill-set, but it is an interesting step for the NHS. The UK's Department of Health (DoH) says it hopes the move will reduce the pressure on health professionals in the country, giving people a new way to access reliable medical advice. It will also benefit individuals with disabilities, like sight impairments, who may find it difficult to use computers or smartphones to find the same information.
Want to keep an eye out for porch pirates? Or perhaps you're seeking a simpler way to see who is at your front door without having to get off the couch? Smart doorbells are still fairly new to the world of home security, and the market is becoming more and more saturated with options by the minute. This begs the question: How do you know which one is right for you and your home? I've been living with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for about a year and a half now.
Perhaps you've heard the recent rumblings that Google is revamping its smart home line to exclusively include Nest products--and is rebranding under the name Google Nest. If not, here's a brief rundown of what happened: Google made the big announcement on May 7, indicating that Google Nest would be eliminating the Works with Nest program that allows Nest products to be controlled by smart assistants like Amazon Alexa. Since then, I've been wondering what exactly that means for how I'll control my Nest products going forward. I have a Nest thermostat and several Nest outdoor cameras and I often use Amazon Alexa (and the Nest app) to control these smart home devices. Other Nest users shared in my bewilderment, taking to Twitter to express their confusion about the merger.
In a world where technology is changing rapidly, it can be hard for businesses to keep up with shifting consumer demands. Take how customers interact with businesses, for instance. According to a recent study by Drift, people now prefer real-time interaction as they make their purchases, meaning that just having an online storefront is no longer enough. For startups looking to grow a loyal customer base, the immediate needs of users can be especially intimidating and even seem, at times, insurmountable. Entrepreneurs with small employee bases would have no way of being there for every customer and anticipating each person's needs in real time.
Amazon Alexa, which sits in your house and accepts voice commands enabling it to play music, activate lights, read news headlines and many other functions, is one of several intelligent personal assistants currently vying for dominance alongside Google Home and the Apple HomePod. Now however, Amazon is aiming to take this technology one step further by implementing it in to an actual robot that can not only answer questions, but also move autonomously around your home. Codenamed'Vesta', the new device is currently being worked on by Amazon's Lab126 research and development arm in Sunnyvale, California. According to reports, the web giant had intended to reveal the robot earlier this year but it wasn't quite ready for mass-production and more engineers have since been assigned to help speed things along. Rumor has it that the robot will be about waist-high and can navigate using an array of cameras.
Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo or Echo Dot can be used to control smart home products such as the Ring Alarm Kit. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Prime Day is a great opportunity to find money-saving deals on smart home products that can be controlled using Amazon Alexa on your Echo device. From smart doorbells to pressure cookers, here are the best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019.