Send scam emails to this chatbot and it'll waste their time for you


They're usually a waste of your time, so why not have them waste someone else's instead? Better yet: why not have them waste an email scammer's time. That's the premise behind Re:scam, an email chatbot operated by New Zealand cybersecurity firm Netsafe. Next time you get a dodgy email in your inbox, says Netsafe, forward it on to, You can see a few sample dialogues in the video above, or check out a longer back-and-forth below.

How to win customers: Artificial Intelligence is the answer; see how


There is an app for that! It is such a common phrase. From finding phone numbers to scheduling upcoming meetings and even getting directions for best routes, apps have made our lives easier, thanks to technology. Companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba and Apple, often called GAFAA, are leading the charge for even more change. They are leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to mine data that is being collected by them from their users.

LG, Naver team up for ThinQ Hub AI speaker


LG Electronics' AI speaker, ThinQ Hub, will be powered by Naver's Clova AI platform, the companies have said. ThinQ Hub comes with LG's own AI platform but owners can get Clova through a firmware update. The speaker, makes up part of LG's SmartThinQ smart home line-up, was designed to control and monitor LG-made home appliances. LG opened up the platform's API to developers last month. Despite having its own AI installed, LG likely teamed up with Naver to get the latter's streaming music service, which is the most popular service for AI speaker owners.



Jibo is a personal robot with a difference. It is unlike the stationary Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It attempts to offer the same repertoire of features while adding its physical presence and mobility to the mix. Quoting Time Magazine, "Jibo looks like something straight out of a Pixar movie, with a big, round head and a face that uses animated icons to convey emotion. It's not just that his body swivels and swerves while he speaks, as if he's talking with his nonexistent hands.

How Brands and Startups Are Using AI to Help You Get Dressed


If you're reading this article, chances are that you're pretty aware of the fact that many things are moving from the physical world to the digital one -- from editorial content to retail. But sometimes, those online experiences still leave something to be desired; a trend we've noticed over the past couple of years is retailers harnessing technology in an attempt to mimic the level of customer service and personalization you might get from a really good, attentive salesperson IRL. While shopping online is supposed to be convenient, it can often be overwhelming. Many online retailers boast tens or hundreds of thousands of brands and SKUs, and if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, and how it will fit you, the experience can be pretty frustrating. To mitigate that, retailers with the resources to do so are working to use data collection and, in some cases, AI to create more personalized shopping experiences -- i.e., showing you products it thinks you will like based on what you've purchased before, sort of like fashion's version of Spotify Discover Weekly or Apple Music's For You tab.

'Amazon's Alexa is now part of the family – I just hope she doesn't replace me'

The Guardian

The most futuristic thing I have ever bought used to be a Sonos music player. I'd have people over just to show it off. "Name a song," I'd say. "Go on, any version of any song by any act that ever lived. So they would, and I'd pull out my phone and – hey presto – seconds later, that song would boom out across my living room like magic.

Bot Libre - Free chat bot hosting (virtual agents, Twitter, Facebook, email, chatbots)


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Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control


They're true... and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks as if Apple will be using a cut-down version of the iPhone 7's A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor. While its full functionality isn't clear yet, developer Steve Troughton-Smith notes that the A10 appears to handle macOS' boot and security processes, such as passing firmware to the main Xeon processor and managing media copy protection. More importantly, Guilherme Rambo has found references to "hey Siri" support -- as with Cortana on Windows 10, you might not have to click an icon or invoke a keyboard shortcut just to ask about the weather. It's possible that the A10 chip is always running, which would represent a break from the custom T1 chip driving the Touch Bar in some recent MacBook Pro models.

Under the Hood With Chatbots


Summary: This is the second in our chatbot series. Here we explore Natural Language Understanding (NLU), the front end of all chatbots. We'll discuss the programming necessary to build rules based chatbots and then look at the use of deep learning algorithms that are the basis for AI enabled chatbots. In our last article which was the first in this series about chatbots we covered the basics including their brief technological history, uses, basic design choices, and where deep learning comes into play. In this installment we'll explore in more depth how Natural Language Understanding (NLU) based on deep neural net RNN/LSTMs enables both rules based and AI chatbots.

Why your smart TV could be listening to you – or worse

The Independent

That's the warning of a whole range of experts who warn that the connected home – the idea that appliances and gadgets throughout the home – might be turned on their users. The technology is intended to make life easier for the people who use it, but like many new developments comes with terrifying warnings for their users. That's because the same things required to use the smart home – internet connections, microphones and cameras – also make them perfect targets for hackers. And because they occupy such an intimate place in people's homes, once they're spying on you they can learn some of the most intimate data there is. Those problems primarily hit cheap devices, many of which are made with little interest in how private they are.