Far from deja vu, Google yet again repeating history


In reviewing the Google Pixel XL last year, I found the device to be technically the best Android device on the market at the time, but to take advantage of the Google Assistant -- the Pixel's supposed selling point -- users needed to be comfortable with handing over a ton of personal data to Google. A year on, and the Google Assistant has found its way onto other Android devices and even iOS, and with the likes of Samsung and Sony doing much better in pushing out Android updates, another of the Pixel's selling points is blunted. Despite a concerted marketing push, Pixels are still as rare as hen's teeth in the real world, and Google's response is to do more of the same. Upon selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in 2014, then-CEO Larry Page wrote: "The smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices."

Chatbots in Banking: Which Are the Top 5 Banks That Have Adopted Chatbots? [Infographic]


Due to Artificial Intelligence, chatbots can pursue and continue a conversation. According to a report released by Gartner, consumers will manage 85% of the total business associations with banks through Fintech chatbots by 2020. If you enjoyed the story, you can read the whole story on Banking chatbots and its benefits for the industry here:"How Chatbots are transforming Wall Street and Main Street Banks?" With his industry experience, he has rapidly developed Maruti Techlabs in specialized services like Chatbot Development, Artificial Intelligence, Natural language Processing and Machine Learning.

How is artificial intelligence helping the e-commerce industry? - Fullestop Blogs


Further, with AI solving the customer problems, personalising product recommendations and increasing their engagement, the problem of shopping cart abandonment will be solved to a great extent. Personal shopping assistants: They are the AI powered applications which process tons of data to know more than the customer's basic choice or capacity to pay. These online personal assistants help the customer by providing personalised product suggestion so that they don't have to hunt a lot for what they want. Now AI powered search system understand the natural language, recognise the synonyms and in its own way process the queries to come up with more relevant results.

Amazon is working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

Daily Mail

Until now, the AI powered assistant could only be summoned on Amazon tablets and other mobile devices when a wake button was pressed or the Alexa app launched. Babak Parviz the founder of Google's ill-fated Glass, the first major attempt to popularise smart glasses, is rumoured to be directing Amazon's efforts.. Their device is unlikely to replicate the heads up display of the Google Glass and its onboard camera, however. The new Fire HD 10, Amazon's latest tablet, will go on sale on October 11 for £150 ($150) Babak Parviz the founder of Google's ill-fated Glass, the first major attempt to popularise smart glasses, is rumoured to be directing Amazon's efforts. Until now, the AI powered assistant could only be summoned on Amazon tablets and other mobile devices when a wake button was pressed or the Alexa app launched.

Deep Learning Reveals New Insights About People


"Deep learning is a set of techniques that allow computers to solve a certain class of problems, such as automatically tagging the contents of pictures, or transcribing speech into text," said François Chollet, a deep learning researcher at Google, when asked to explain this facet of machine learning. The recently published deep learning study presented the researchers with unique challenges. Deep learning could automatically classify internet users by personality type, based on their writing. The "deepness" of deep learning comes from the multiple layers inside a neural network (all_is_magic/Shutterstock) Excited by the vast potential, Gelbukh suggested other applications: "While our motivation was to enable personalized opinion mining, including personalized recommender systems, determination of personality type from the text can have other, no less important, applications, such as in education (selection of personalized learning plan), human resources management (determination of fitness for a particular profession), commerce (targeted advertising), health care (for example, large-scale mining for early detection of users with suicidal tendencies in social networks), and social security (mining for users with tendencies for terrorist activity), among many others."

Google set to release new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, insiders say

The Guardian

Google is set to release two new smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as a smaller Google Home Mini smart speaker on 4 October, the Guardian has learned. It will come in blue, black or white and have a metal and glass back, similar to last year's Pixel. Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google will also unveil a smaller Google Home smart speaker. Similar to the differences between Amazon's full-sized Echo and the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini will not have the same speaker quality as the larger Google Home, but will perform most of the same functions through Google Assistant.

Bose's new headphones come with Google Assistant

Boston Herald

Google goog, like other big tech companies including Apple aapl and Microsoft msft, has been pushing its digital assistant as a new way for people to interact with their smartphones and other devices like the company's web-connected Google Home speaker. Now, people can use their voices to tell Google Assistant to play music--including a specific song--through the new Bose headphones. People will need to connect their headphones to their iPhones or Android-based smartphones via Bluetooth in order to link to Google's Assistant, Google said in a blog post. In this market, Google faces tough competition from Amazon, which is making similar moves with its Alexa digital assistant.

Opinion Ethics and Artificial Intelligence


Last year, my lab at Georgia Tech created Jill Watson, an A.I.-powered virtual teaching assistant designed to help answer students' questions in the discussion forum of an online class on artificial intelligence.

Government blunders stall rollout of NDIS virtual assistant: Report


The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has put its virtual assistant rollout on hold, with the ABC reporting those working on the project are concerned issue-plagued technology-based initiatives from the government have "taken their toll" on Australia's appetite for risk. NDIA first announced the development of its virtual assistant Nadia in February, touted as providing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants with a better service. The NDIS contact centre fields about 6,000 calls a week from a client base of 32,000 clients, costing AU$25 every call, with the ABC saying the number of NDIS participants will grow to 460,000 over the next three years. The Centrelink robo-debt debacle has plagued the agency since the summer break, with its data-matching system automatically comparing the income people declared to the Australian Taxation Office against income declared to Centrelink.

Facebook's 'M' AI assistant will help you choose a movie


If you're in a group or one-to-one conversation and type a common expression such as "I love you" or "thanks", a GIF picker bar will appear, automatically showing GIFs that correspond to that phrase. M suggestions for quick replies is a bit more useful. If you're asked a straightforward yes/no question in a one-to-one chat, the function offers quick reply options "yes", "no" or "I think so". Which is helpful if you're trying to make plans but can't dedicate real time to looking at your phone.