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The nominees for the VentureBeat AI Innovation Awards at Transform 2020

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At our AI-focused Transform 2020 event, taking place July 15-17 entirely online, VentureBeat will recognize and award emergent, compelling, and influential work through our second annual VB AI Innovation Awards. Drawn from our daily editorial coverage and the expertise of our nominating committee members, these awards give us a chance to shine a light on the people and companies making an impact in AI. Here are the nominees in each of the five categories -- NLP/NLU Innovation, Business Application Innovation, Computer Vision Innovation, AI for Good, and Startup Spotlight. A senior principal scientist at Amazon Research and faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Hakkani-Tur currently works on solving natural dialogue for Amazon's Alexa AI. She has researched and worked on natural language processing, conversational AI, and more for over two decades, including stints at Google and Microsoft.


Pros and Cons of AI Chatbots: All You Must Know

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Implementation of AI in marketing has helped improve campaign performances by leaps. An integral part of such campaigns are AI chatbots. The market for which is expected to grow from $2.6 billion in 2019 to $9.4 billion by 2024*. But why are chatbots becoming so popular? Why are businesses around the world rushing to adopt them?


Machine Learning For Beginners Part 3

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This is a supervised learning sub categories. Regression is the process of predicting the value of discrete'yes / no' label, as long as it falls on a continuous spectrum of the input value. In the output variable regression problem is real value as the dollar, weights etc regression algorithm to answer questions such as "How much?" "How many?".


India has much to gain from chatbots

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India's busiest railway station has an approximate footfall of five lakh passengers/day. Every day, over a million transactions are handled across 13,000 Aadhaar centres. In a nation, where queues are omnipresent at public service buildings, a burning need for intelligent digital interventions is obvious. India is expected to reach 627 million Internet users by 2019 end. This digital adoption is propelled by rural India, which registers 35 per cent annual growth. Why then is the common Indian not lapping up information from the many websites and apps launched by the Government of India?


How Chatbots are transforming businesses -- and why your business need one

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If a business website and mobile app services millions of prospects (who want to buy from you) and customers (servicing existing consumers), AI and ML can help boost the performance through Chatbots. This has massive consequences on any businesses bottom line. Today's businesses are conducted on-the-go and with incredible immediacy. Consumers want solutions and deliveries immediately. In a cut throat world like ours, time management and fast delivery means survival.


Save money on the Amazon Echo Spot, now 33 per cent off on Amazon

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July usually sees Amazon's incredibly popular Prime Day sales event. While this epic shopping day may be postponed until to later in the year, you can still grab some incredible discounts on the mega-site. If you're a fan of Amazon's family of devices then you are sure to love the Amazon Echo Spot Alarm Clock. What's more, the Amazon Echo Spot is now on sale on Amazon, reduced to only £79.99- that's a saving of 33 per cent. Get content in one glance- the Amazon Echo Spot allows you to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists- all for £79.99 Shaped like a futuristic alarm clock, the Amazon Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in a stylish and compact design.


Eighth grader builds IBM Watson-powered AI chatbot for students making college plans

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While her peers reveled in an unprecedented virtual school year, the self-described "technology enthusiast," Harita Suresh, 13, was bored. She decided on an online course and settled on IBM Skills Network's "AI chatbots without programming." She lacked experience with artificial intelligence, but was eager to learn through the self-paced course. Harita is more than a little familiar with tech, "I have been interested in technology since I was 5," she said. "My first coding challenge was the Lightbot Hour of Code. I was fascinated that the code I wrote could control the actions of the characters on screen. Since then, I pursued coding on multiple platforms like code.org, The more I learned about tech, the more I wanted to know. In fifth grade, I took a Python programming course offered by Georgia Tech."


LG SN8YG review: A feature-packed soundbar that doesn't neglect the basics

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LG SN8YG soundbar ticks many of our favorite boxes, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based sound, eARC support for lossless audio, room calibration, and built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant. More importantly, the $800 SN8YG doesn't skimp on sonic fundamentals, paying special attention to the mid-range audio that too many of its competitors tend to gloss over. While its flat sound signature won't appeal to all tastes and it lacks soundstage-boosting side-firing drives, the LG SN8YG's full, rich audio quality nails the basics. This review is part of TechHive's coverage of the best soundbars, where you'll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer's guide to the features you should consider when shopping. If you wish, you can turn the 440-watt SN8YG into a full-on 5.1.2


Microsoft spins out 5-year-old Chinese chatbot Xiaoice – TechCrunch

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Microsoft is shedding its empathetic chatbot Xiaoice into an independent entity, the U.S. software behemoth said (in Chinese) Monday, confirming an earlier report by the Chinese news site Chuhaipost in June. The announcement came several months after Microsoft announced late last year it would close down its voice assistant app Cortana in China among other countries. Xiaoice has over the years enlisted some of the best minds in artificial intelligence and ventured beyond China into countries like Japan and Indonesia. Microsoft said it called the shots to accelerate Xiaoice's "localized innovation" and buildout of the chatbot's "commercial ecosystem." The spin-off will see the new entity license technologies from Microsoft for subsequent research and development in Xiaoice and continue to use the Xiaoice brand (and Rinna in Japanese), while Microsoft will retain its stakes in the new company.


Global Big Data Conference

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One of the quickest evolving branches in computer science, AI (short for artificial intelligence) focuses on the concept of developing machines and algorithms which are able to simulate human thinking. Even though its implementations were few and far between in the recent past, it has since found its uses in many different areas. The main benefits of AI are related to its learning concept – the more data is fed to it, the more accurate it becomes. This makes it perfect for automated tasks that require precision since they can't get tired or worn out as humans can. On the other hand, its largest con is the high cost of implementation, especially for inexperienced users.