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Is Machine Learning the Future of Marketing? Experts Weigh in.

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Why do 97% of marketing influencers believe the future of digital marketing will involve human marketers working with machine learning-powered automation? In a survey of top influencers in online marketing with expertise in paid search, social and mobile, 97% of respondents suggested that the future of marketing will actually be smart marketers working hand-in-hand with machine learning-based automation solutions. Of all the marketing technologies using machine learning and AI today, programmatic ad buying and improvement of ad spend allocation through machine learning impress me the most." "Of today's marketing technologies using machine learning and AI, natural language processing (NLP), chatbots and voice-driven search impress me the most."


Verified Twitter users have their very own dating app

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The app exclusively caters to verified Twitter users. Hence its name, which refers to the platform's blue tick community. There's just a slight catch: not all verified Twitter users are actually famous. For a service targeting Twitter's blue tick collective, it's odd that Loveflutter itself isn't verified on the platform.


Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

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As of February, 400 million of Facebook Messenger's 1.2 billion users communicate via Facebook audio and video calling every month. Amazon is already trying to barge into the home communications market with its new Amazon Echo Show version of its smart speaker, which lets people video call each other over its screen. Amazon's Echo Show can call any Echo, Echo Show, or Alexa-enabled Amazon app, but the company has never been a player in the communication space. The social network already has TV apps that run on Android, Apple and Roku's TV hardware.


This new dating app wants to help you find love with Twitter celebrities

Mashable

Are you a verified Twitter user? BLUE is a new premium version of the existing dating app Loveflutter, and it promises to let you into an exclusive world full of "celebrities and other Twitter blue tick holders." But this is another addition to the increasingly long list of exclusive dating apps -- think The League, Inner Circle, and the enigmatic Raya. SEE ALSO: Kittenfishing is the newest online dating trend -- and it's kinda just lying Picking from some of the roughly 200,000 verified Twitter users also doesn't necessarily mean you're guaranteed to date a celebrity -- or even someone who's internet famous.


Microsoft Paint is not dead, company says, after huge outpouring of anger over drawing app

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Microsoft AI app helps visually impaired users to 'see' - ITP.net

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The Seeing AI app, developed as a Microsoft research project, uses the camera on a smartphone with audio to help people to identify people and objects around them. The app uses AI analysis of images and cloud connectivity to identify objects, documents, or people, and then instantly gives an audio description of the subject. The app can also recognise currency notes of different denominations, including notes that are crumpled or partly obscured. The app can also provide product descriptions from barcodes, and includes audio cues to help a user to locate the barcode or image for the camera to capture the image.


AI-Driven Personal Assistant Apps Shaping Digital Consumer Habits

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Over the past year, the personal assistant apps sector has seen major user growth among certain apps, but this has been accompanied by stagnation and even a decrease in users among some major players, such as Siri and S-Voice, the personal assistant app for Samsung devices, says the report. While the Google-owned properties on the Index have enjoyed modest growth over the past year, emerging players like Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are quickly gaining traction. Although its user numbers are comparatively tiny, Alexa has seen a 325% increase in monthly unique users (from 0.8 million to 2.6 million) during the past year, and has more than doubled its stickiness rating, from 10% to 22%. Cortana has also seen a significant jump in monthly unique user numbers, from 0.2 million to 0.7 million (a 350% increase), with stickiness ratings tripling from 19% to 60%.


Free AI Chatbot Goes to Bat for Beleaguered Consumers Consumer Protection

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Powered by IBM Watson, DoNotPay has about 1,000 bots capable of tackling a variety of legal and service issues, ranging from fighting one's landlord to appealing against unreasonable warranties, to getting a refund when a company doesn't fulfill its promise. For example, typing in "medical bill" or "bank overcharges" triggered the extra help field, which lets users email the app's support staff with their problem. For example, typing in the words "parking dispute" from a San Francisco location triggered options to dispute a parking ticket in Los Angeles, San Francisco and two other California cities. In response to a "landlord dispute" search, DoNotPay served up options for fixing unrepaired property and retrieving an unreturned security deposit in California, along with parking dispute options for California.


My Chatbot Hates Me! - The Ape Machine

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As with many unreleased apps in the Android app store, it all started with an invite code, this very afternoon about an hour ago. My employer and I were talking about chatbots--as we often do--and it reminded him of an app that was being demoed to a select group of users (actually the user base is huge at the moment), and he sent me an invite code to try out the app. Of course I understand that if I just start talking to it again from my side it will pick back up, and most likely it will have a few other funnels to try to get me back into training mode. Most bots follow that simple model of question - response, and have no way of recovering from a deadlock in the conversation.


8 Mobile Security Startups Using Artificial Intelligence - Nanalyze

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Founded in 2012, Silicon Valley startup Skycure took in $27.5 million in funding to develop an app that you install on your smartphone in the same way you would install anti-virus software on your laptop. Founded by a couple of Israeli military intelligence veterans, the startup claims to be the #1 provider of mobile security software to Fortune 500 customers. Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC), the world's leading cyber security company, announced 10 days ago that they're acquiring Skycure for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2013, Silicon Valley startup Mi3 security has taken in $550,000 in funding to develop their cloud-based Mi3 Security RECON Platform which is a machine learning engine that analyzes apps on demand.