If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Cisco today announced plans to acquire AI startup MindMeld for $125 million. Cisco decided to acquire MindMeld, a company that's been called "Siri on steroids," because many bot experiences today are disappointing, IoT and applications VP Rowan Trollope wrote in a blog post today. "Bringing the MindMeld team to Cisco is a giant leap forward in helping our customers experience the next generation of interactive, conversational interfaces." Cisco collaboration software competition includes other enterprise chat players including Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts Chat, and Slack.
UserReplay announced today the addition of a machine learning feature to its existing solution in order to better assist companies with gaining insight into their customers' online experiences and resolve issues in real time. UserReplay machine learning uncovers hard-to-discover revenue opportunities hidden in the powerful data set captured by UserReplay. UserReplay's machine learning algorithm uncovered the issue and the high-fidelity replay showed the retailer how to fix the problem. About UserReplay UserReplay's customer experience analytics solution enables businesses to discover the truth about their customers' digital experience.