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 ...
At long last, Apple's HomePod is here--or reviews of it are, at least. The HomePod, Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, begins shipping on Friday, but early reviews of the $349 smart home speaker began making the rounds Tuesday morning. The initial verdict, it would appear, is decided...
When Alexa loses her voice, celebrities--including Rebel Wilson, Cardi B, and Anthony Hopkins--help her get it back. Amazon's Alexa Super Bowl ad was a hit during the big game. With guest spots from Gordon Ramsey, Cardi B, Rebel Wilson, Sir Anthony Hopkins and even founder Jeff Bezos, the ad impres...
There are a lot of things that chatbots have yet to master and high on the list is small talk. But researchers at Facebook think the best way to make software prattle away is to give it a personality. Workers were asked to chat in pairs and to give statements describing themselves, including their likes and dislikes. The crowdworkers' chatter was linked to these description statements and used to train the chatbots.
By default, both iOS and Android let you access their digital assistants--Siri and Google Assistant, respectively--right from the lock screen (unless the phone owner has disabled the feature). To pull up the assistant on an iPhone other than the X, press and hold the Home button (for the iPhone X, press and hold the Power button instead). On Android, tap and hold in the bottom left corner of the display (where the microphone icon apppears) and then drag your finger up to the middle of the screen. Once you've accessed Siri or Google Assistant, try saying "Call mom," "Call home," or another command that might access one of the phone's owner's contacts. Siri also has a trick that Google Assistant doesn't: Ask "Whose phone is this?" to bring up contact details for the owner.
Monika Chalk of the Amazon Alexa team demonstrates an array of devices infused the company's artificial intelligence in a Roadshow trailer parked at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 10, 2018. Two days into the annual technology fest that is CES and one of the biggest stories of this year's show is the battle between Google and Amazon for the smart home. So far, Amazon is winning. If there ever was an example of how first-mover advantage can change a market, it's Amazon's Alexa. The digital assistant has been popping up everywhere this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual tech fest that tries to set the agenda for gadget makers everywhere.
Jimena Canales is a faculty member of the Graduate College at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a research affiliate at MIT. She focuses on 19th and 20th century history of the physical sciences and science in the modern world. Her most recent book is titled The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. You can learn more about her here. Resolutions abound at this time of year: The close of 2017 and the start to 2018 presents a symbolic "fresh start."
The battle now raging between the big technology companies for consumer cash is focused on the voice-controlled smart speaker. Having already conquered the pocket with the ubiquitous smartphone, big tech has been struggling to come up with the next must-have gadget that will open up a potentially lucrative new market – the home. A pilot light was lit when Amazon's Echo launched in 2014 and became a sleeper hit. Now the voice controlled smart speaker is rapidly becoming the next big thing, capable of answering questions, setting timers, playing music, controlling other devices about the home, or even potentially selling products. "The last 12 months have been explosive for smart speakers, which have surged into the mass market for two reasons.
Amazon's vague stats aren't the only indicator of its dominance this holiday season. According to app downloads, Amazon beat out its rivals over the holidays. As of writing, the Amazon Alexa app was the most popular app on both iOS and Android's Google Play. On Android, the Google Home app did make its way to second place--so it would look like the Google Home was a popular gift, too. But on iOS, Google's companion app didn't even crack the top 10 most popular apps.
The release of the most recent Blade Runner film has further fueled the long-standing debate as to whether artificial intelligence (AI) should be subject to regulation. One domain that has been quick to adopt AI technology is marketing. There's little debate that AI will fundamentally alter the marketing landscape. Already, the use of chatbots--the likes of Apple's Siri, GoogleAssistant, Amazon's Echo, Microsoft's Cortana, etc.--has empowered marketers to increase and optimize engagement with consumers. As well, AI has enabled marketers to more effectively target consumers and develop more relevant personalized content.