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This week's best deals: Amazon Fire tablets, Apple MacBook Pro and more

Engadget

A bunch of the newest laptops, tablets and other gadgets are discounted this week. Amazon slashed the prices of its latest Fire tablets to all-time lows and you can still grab a few of Apple's latest MacBook Pros while they're hundreds of dollars off. You can also get a free Echo Show 5 and Philips Hue light bulb from Best Buy when you buy Amazon's Echo Studio smart speaker. Here are the best deals from the week that you can still buy today. Amazon's newest Fire tablets are back down to their lowest prices ever.


This mesh WiFi system is on sale — and includes a free Amazon Echo Show

Mashable

TL;DR: You can buy the convenient eero AC dual-band mesh WiFi system three-pack for only $199.99 at Best Buy as of Aug. 13. You save $50 and receive a free Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display valued at $89.99. A solid internet connection is our most important resource when working, studying, or doing almost anything from home. But it's harder to maintain these days if your home WiFi network is a constant battle for bandwidth between streaming, online gaming, virtual learning, or working from home, if you have that luxury. To guarantee a strong signal in every corner of your house, then it's time to invest in a discounted but powerful WiFi mesh system at Best Buy. Get a three-pack of the eero AC dual-band mesh WiFi system for just $199.99 at Best Buy.


Getting the Most out of Your AI Chatbot - WebSystemer.no

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When it comes to the origin of the very first chatbot, then that accomplishment goes to an MIT professor named Joseph Weizenbaum in the…Continue reading on Medium » Source


Amazon's Echo Show 5 is the perfect accessory for your desk

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

You can choose from a variety of customizable clock faces to match your home's décor. Amazon's Echo Show 5 may be small, but it's loaded with many of the same features as bigger and more expensive models like the 2nd-generation Echo Show and Echo Show 8. The Echo Show 5 is great for tight spaces like desks, nightstands, and other books of the home. It comes with a front-facing camera so you can video chat with friends and family. The screen is bright and the resolution, while lower than other small smart displays, is pretty sharp given its petite size.


Getting the Most out of Your AI Chatbot

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When it comes to the origin of the very first chatbot, then that accomplishment goes to an MIT professor named Joseph Weizenbaum in the 1960s, who called it ELIZA at that time. However, ELIZA was later debunked by the professor himself since it lacked genuinely intelligent software in the first place. Nevertheless, its key methods became revolutionary and they have been copied by program developers ever since. Over the years the AI chatbot as we have come to know them went through a lot of progressions which became evident with the introduction of PARRY in 1972. PARRY was developed by psychiatrist Kenneth Colby at Stanford University and was proven to have intelligent capabilities through its examination with the Turing Test.


Amazon's Alexa has serious privacy flaws, researchers find

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com. Flaws in Amazon's Alexa were serious enough that a user "in just one-click" could have handed over their voice history, home address and control of their Amazon account, cybersecurity firm Check Point said in a recent report. An attacker could have also silently installed, viewed and removed Alexa skills, Check Point said, referring to voice-driven Alexa apps. A hacker could have also accessed a victim's personal information, such as banking data history and usernames.


In one click: Amazon Alexa could be exploited for theft of voice history, PII, skill tampering

ZDNet

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant could be exploited to hand over user data due to security vulnerabilities in the service's subdomains. The smart assistant, which is found in devices such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot -- with over 200 million shipments worldwide -- was vulnerable to attackers seeking user personally identifiable information (PII) and voice recordings. Check Point Research said on Thursday that the security issues were caused by Amazon Alexa subdomains susceptible to Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) misconfiguration and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. When Check Point first began examining the Alexa mobile app, the company noticed the existence of an SSL mechanism that prevents traffic inspection. However, the script used could be bypassed using the Frida SSL universal unpinning script.


An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

WIRED

Smart-assistant devices have had their share of privacy missteps, but they're generally considered safe enough for most people. New research into vulnerabilities in Amazon's Alexa platform, though, highlights the importance of thinking about the personal data your smart assistant stores about you--and minimizing it as much as you can. Findings published on Thursday by the security firm Check Point reveal that Alexa's web services had bugs that a hacker could have exploited to grab a target's entire voice history, meaning their recorded audio interactions with Alexa. Amazon has patched the flaws, but the vulnerability could have also yielded profile information, including home address, as well as all of the "skills," or apps, the user had added for Alexa. An attacker could have even deleted an existing skill and installed a malicious one to grab more data after the initial attack.


The U.S. Military Is Building Voice-Controlled War Robots

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Welcome to General Intelligence, OneZero's weekly dive into the A.I. news and research that matters. War robots today take just too much darn time to control. I know it, you know it, and the U.S. Army knows it. That's why its research branch is cooking up a system that would allow soldiers to give orders to small robotic cars by speaking naturally, as opposed to using specific commands. The robots would be able to understand the soldiers' intent and complete the given task, according to an Army press release.


How Chatbots Help Business Avoid the Fear of a Black-Box AI Planet

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The rise of AI in business largely goes unquestioned, until a poor decision comes out of a black box that no one can fathom or that causes actual damage. To avoid this, businesses need to adopt AI tools that are provable and customer-friendly, with chatbots paving the way until AI can be truly trusted. In most business cases, artificial intelligence helps companies progress when it comes to their varied use cases. From understanding us humans and our convoluted languages, recovering data from forms, predicting outcomes etc., AI helps spot meaning, intent and value, and provides the power for chatbots, analytic services and other digital business tools. However, as with 5G and 4G before it, as with robots in factories, and those pesky vaccines that keep us alive, there is a narrative in the media that AI is here to destroy us, to wipe out jobs, to weaken employees and other negative outcomes.