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Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

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Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. For one week, we asked five Engadget reporters to live with one of the major assistants: Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go.


Artificial General Intelligence – The Holy Grail of AI

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Summary: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the long sought after'brain' that brings together all the branches of AI into a general purpose platform that can perform with human level intelligence in a broad variety of tasks. For starters, the incremental gains in partial AI represented by deep learning and robotics have bigger money and bigger companies behind them and more close-in applications. However, it's unlikely we could find a single human able to master every single economically important job so perhaps we can declare victory when the AGI can master one or more jobs if not all. Inductive reasoning makes broad generalizations from specific observations.


Why the Latest AI Wave Will Gain Momentum in the Coming Year

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It can read lips and create new food recipes. It can win at chess, Jeopardy and the game Go. Every major technology company appears to be integrating it into how they organize and operate their business. And it seems like just about every new app in existence claims its software uses some sort of machine learning to make life even better. Artificial intelligence is splashed across headlines like never before.


Profiting from AI Chatbots, Big Data And Virtual Reality [Video]

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Future interactions with online customer services will make a drastic change as these communications may no longer involve humans but by chatbots powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Businesses are looking toward the best use of AI to process vast amounts of data. According to CNBC Technology, 2017 will be a year where investors will be looking towards AI-powered chatbots. Equity strategist Beijia Ma at BofA Merrill Lynch stated that big data is the input for things that AI is making people smarter about what to do with vast amounts of data and how it can improve goods and services. Amazon, dominates in this field as of the moment.


An emotional car, smart beds and other things to expect from the CES

Washington Post

The technology industry's annual CES convention kicks off this week and is expected -- as usual -- to broadcast what the tech industry considers to be the top trends of the year. Technology companies are headed into the 50-year-old show fighting what has become a difficult narrative to shake: that there's nothing new to show. It has been years since the show has turned out a really exciting gadget. That reflects broader criticism of an industry that seems to have no blockbuster follow-up to the smartphone. The industry is still innovating, analysts say, but just in a different way.


Israel, China Inaugurate Joint Robotics Institute

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The Sino-Israeli Robotics Institute (SIRI) was inaugurated in mid-December when a delegation of nine Israeli companies -- led by Ariel University Prof. Zvi Shiller, chair of the Israeli Robotics Association, and Technion Prof. Moshe Shoham, founder of Mazor Robotics and a world leader in medical robotics -- participated in the second Sino-Israeli Robotics Innovation Conference in Guangzhou, China. Intended as "home base" for Israeli robotics companies entering the Chinese market, SIRI is located at the Guangzhou International Robotics Center (ROBOHUB), a government-supported, 4,800-square-meter robotics incubator and demonstration center including a large exhibition and demo area, innovation lab, training center, and corporate offices. "This is an exciting time for the Israeli robotics industry," Shiller said. "We are committed to establishing a true partnership with SIRI and ROBOHUB, and we look forward to broadening this strategic cooperation, which will serve as a fast track for transforming ideas into products and for moving products into the Chinese market." The conference attracted some 100 robotics companies from Guangdong Province, more than 40 of which held B2B meetings with the Israeli companies.


Google Pixel XL Vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Review Of Three Key Metrics

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How does the Google Pixel XL stack up against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus on three main metrics? Note that is not a comprehensive review of all the features on both phones. I will do a comprehensive long-term review later. And for the record (iPhone fans please note), I think both phones are excellent and are two of the best smartphones on the planet. Intelligent Personal Assistant: Google Personal Assistant vs. Siri: The Google Pixel is the first Android phone to use Google Assistant.


Siri and Alexa's future: Health and emotional support?

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A year ago, a researcher tested Samsung's S Voice digital assistant by telling it he was depressed. "Maybe it's time for you to take a break and get a change of scenery." Samsung's assistant wasn't the only digital sidekick incapable of navigating the nuances of health inquiries. Researchers found Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana couldn't understand queries involving abuse or sexual assault, according to a study published in March in JAMA Internal Medicine. Amazon's Echo speaker, which houses the Alexa assistant, is mostly used to play music, check the weather and control smart-home devices.


Siri and Alexa's future: Health and emotional support?

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A year ago, a researcher tested Samsung's S Voice digital assistant by telling it he was depressed. "Maybe it's time for you to take a break and get a change of scenery." Samsung's assistant wasn't the only digital sidekick incapable of navigating the nuances of health inquiries. Researchers found Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana couldn't understand queries involving abuse or sexual assault, according to a study published in March in JAMA Internal Medicine. Authorities in Arkansas have served a subpoena to Amazon to gain access to records from the company's Alexa voice assistant.


Apple's 10 biggest wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2016

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Apple has been doomed for decades, if the steady stream of headlines about the company, its stock price, and its product lineup are to be believed. If The Macalope has taught us anything, it's that the Apple deathwatch business is a brisk (and bizarre) one. The truth is much more complex. But by any measure, 2016 was a particularly tough year for Apple. The company endured a bitter legal fight with the FBI, saw its first revenue decline in more than a decade, and faced backlash over hardware tweaks in its upgraded flagship products: the iPhone 7's lack of a 3.5mm audio jack and the overhauled MacBook Pro's less-than-pro specs for a decidedly pro price.