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Amazon's 'Echo Show' Is A Tablet With A Stand You Do Not Need

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The biggest selling point is a video call element that (if the video below is anything to go by) looks about a billion times clearer than any video call I have ever seen. If you like Apple, you won't get on with Google or Amazon devices -- they want you using their services and this is a cute way of getting more subscribers. Echo Show feels like a misstep to me, but who knows, maybe people really do want devices with cameras in their living rooms that help them paint, learn lyrics and order books at the same time? Even with free calls, Amazon's Echo Show is a gloried tablet.


Hackers, Empathy And Neuroscience: A Conversation With Moran Cerf

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Thus does neuroscientist and Kellogg School of Management Marketing professor Moran Cerf describe his life's path. While understanding how computational systems work will remain essential, computer languages will come and go. Recent neuroscience research suggests that the entity we believe to be our self is far less important and in control than we imagine. You can find me at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.


Amazon Announces Alexa With Video: Echo Show Launches For $229 In June

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Amazon's all-new Echo will have video calling and give even more options to smarthomes. Today the company has unveiled Echo Show, an all-new Alexa-powered device that features a touchscreen and brings video calling to Amazon's voice assistant platform. The key feature, naturally, will be Amazon's video calling and messaging. In addition to hardware calling users who have the Amazon Alexa app on their phone will be able to call their friends who have Echo devices too.


This Camera Free Motion Capture Smartsuit Pro Is Insanely Cool

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For Balslev, the Smartsuit Pro is a way to democratize motion capture technology. Plus, you'd need cameras, infrared sensors and more, as motion capture technology, while incredibly impressive and a great storytelling tool is also fiddly, clunky, and relies on experts to create and feed the data. Another bonus of recording sensor data instead of traditional motion capture images is that file sizes are kept small and the suit has an overall wireless range of 100 meters. "Like the traditional [motion capture] systems, the Vive is optical and comes with occlusion issues where you can block the view of the trackers and lose data and you can never move out of sight of the trackers," says Balslev.


Tuesday Tech Wrap: Amazon, Uber, Facebook

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Amazon is reportedly planning to release a new version of its smart speaker Echo on Tuesday that includes a screen for making video calls. In April, Amazon launched a separate version of the smart home speaker called Echo Look, which included a camera that could give style advice on outfits, and which was also priced at $200. A new forecast from eMarketer says Amazon's Echo device would capture 70.6% of the market for voice-enabled speakers in the United States in 2017, well ahead of Google Home's 23.8%. The Nvidia Metropolis platform will use artificial intelligence to monitor video streams for incidents of crimes or worsening traffic, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.


5 Ways Intelligent Agents Are Revolutionizing CPQ

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These and other insights are based on The Forrester Wave: Configure-Price-Quote Solutions, Q1 2017 by John Bruno published February 7, 2017 (17 pp., PDF; client access). A variety of CPQ vendors including Apttus, CallidusCloud, FPX, Oracle, PROS and others have licensed the report and provide a free downloadable copy in exchange for contact information. The rapid development and launch of intelligent agents by Apttus, Infor, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, and others are creating a new era of intelligent selling. Application roadmaps of nearly very CPQ vendor today have an intelligent agent strategy included within them.


Anywhere: The Travel Experts Aiming To Redesign A $166 Billion Industry

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Founded by Zach Smith and Anthony Landis, Anywhere is a travel agency that syncs real human insights with smart technology to help travelers design authentic cultural experiences, at any travel destination in the world. By leveraging human insights, international representatives and a team of bilingual experts -- Anywhere not only works to shorten the booking process, but further allows users to bypass the hassle of mining the web, testing third-party vendors, and filtering pages of online reviews. Zach Smith: Travelers, or people who book travel frequently, find themselves asking these three questions: Why do I have to visit 35 websites and spend 8 hours searching for information before feeling confident enough to book anything? Zach Smith: Beyond our travel agency services, we offer another service we call Anywhere Plus (Anywhere).


How Technology Is Making It Too Easy To Create Fake News

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How do we best mitigate the effects of fake news upon societies? The young kids in Macedonia writing fake news stories during the last election were able to make $7,000 a week with only three tools. They put it out, posted a link from their Facebook page, and unleashed a bot army to push it up Trending Topics and the Google search engine, all while earning cash from the ads Google would place on their fake news site. I'm not sure I know what to do about this, but I am sure Facebook and Google have the AI tools to keep completely offensive content like murder, torture and beheadings off their service.


How To Choose The Right Smart Speaker For You

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If I want to know what the weather is outside, I can say "Alexa", "Hey Siri", or "Hey Cortana", and some virtual assistant will respond. But, if you disagree and choose Google Docs, that decision has implications for your computer and mobile device choices. However, once you have selected one of those, it makes sense to choose complimentary devices that integrate with your platform of choice. It makes sense to choose the smart speaker that uses the same AII virtual assistant as your smartphone or tablet--and one that hopefully integrates with your desktop OS and email / calendar platform as well.


Uber Creates Canadian AI Tech Hub To Speed Self-Driving Vehicle Development

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Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, has joined Uber as the head of its new Canadian research team focused on artificial intelligence and software development for self-driving vehicles. The Toronto team will focus on creating object-recognition software that's necessary for driverless cars to operate as safely as possible. The unit set up last to commercialize Google's self-driving car hardware and software sued Uber and its Otto commercial vehicle unit in February, claiming former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski took trade secrets related to LiDAR sensor technology with him to Uber. Although he remains part of Uber's self-driving car team, Levandowski stepped down as head of the Advanced Technologies Group in April, and specifically no longer does any work related to laser-LiDAR development, according to Uber.