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Three Ways AI Can Help Build Customer Relationships

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Instead of simply prompting "dial one to speak with a sales associate," a chatbot can direct potential customers and extract details in less time and with greater insight, all while allowing the user to communicate naturally, on their own terms. Working alongside human employees, conversational chatbots can serve as front-line engagement tools that help drive customer interactions and funnel prospects to the appropriate channel where a human resource can truly add value.

Rollerskating robot to the rescue

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Researchers in Zurich are teaching a robot how to balance on wheels attached to its four legs.

Meet 'Flippy,' a burger-flipping robot alternative to wage-earning workers

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A burger-flipping robot that doesn't require a paycheck or benefits -- and can grill 150 burgers per hour -- is now a cook at CaliBurger. The robot, or more specifically, a specialized industrial six-axis robotic arm bolted to the kitchen floor, works lunchtime shifts at the international burger chain's Pasadena, Calif., location. It takes burger orders through a digital ticketing system, then flips the burger patties and removes them from the grill. It uses thermal and regular vision, as well as cameras, to detect when the raw meat is placed on the grill, then monitors each burger throughout its cooking process. But those worried about a robot takeover of food-industry jobs can find comfort in knowing that Flippy still needs a human guide to place the patties on the grill.

Waymo Is Millions Of Miles Ahead In Robot Car Tests; Does It Need A Billion More?

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How many test miles is enough to build a better driver? Waymo has 5 million on-road autonomous test miles and 5 billion simulated miles, and the number keeps rising. Sometime this year Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s prized driverless car bet, starts a first of its kind revenue-generating robo-taxi service in Phoenix. Ahead of that the unit is maintaining a steady cadence of news underscoring how mature the former Google Self-Driving Car project is – including how big a lead it has over rivals in test miles. Waymo this week said its test fleet has logged 5 million miles driving in autonomous mode on public roads.

See How This Robotic Arm Brace Uses Neurological Signals To Restore Movement

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Air Force veteran (1968-1975) Angel Camareno is fitted with a MyoPro device. Angel suffered a brachial plexus injury 40 years ago which led to reduced motion in his arm. Myomo, a spinout from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a robotic arm brace for people with limb paralysis from neurological disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or stroke to help them regain movement with their hands and arms. The robotic arm brace, MyoPro, senses the patient's electromyography (EMG) signals through non-invasive sensors and restores function to their paralyzed arms. Patients who use the device are able to do things they were unable to do or found difficult to do before such as feeding themselves, doing laundry, carrying objects or even returning to work.

People freaked out after robot dogs opened a door. Now they're resisting humans.

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In one of the scariest moments in the movie "Jurassic Park," a pair of intelligent Velociraptors, brought back to Earth by man's hubris, defy an assumption about their limitations: They open a kitchen door. Now imagine that the raptors are real, transformed into headless robot dogs that can negoti...

Autonomous Cars Are About To Transform The Suburbs

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Technicians analyze data following the trial of an autonomous self-driving vehicle in a pedestrianised zone, during a media event in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 11, 2016. Suburbs have largely been dismissed by environmentalists and urban planners as bad for the planet, a form that ne...

Stop Being Rude To Amazon Alexa, Carol

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Don't be rude to your home devices or there will be retribution. Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Home Pod, Microsoft Cortana and any other voice operated smart device have something in common. It's not operating systems and it's certainly not the ecosystem in which each resides. What they...

Why Didn't Chatbots Live Up To Their Hype?

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Why didn't chatbots become as prolific as they were predicted to be in 2017? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Chatbots didn't live up to the hype for a couple of reasons. It would have been ...

Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone, Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria: Army

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"A combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel. The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems at an early phase and was under surveillance until the interception," the military said in a statement.