Is the FHE teaching capability and capacity improving as fast as it should? Some of our knowledge about teaching and learning go back to Greek times and still hold true. But that is not to say that more recent research and technology should be ignored. It is generally accepted that Moore's Law is ...
What is a Voice Interface? Ranging from Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana the use of voice-based communication through devices like a Mobile App is in demand. You might be doubtful with written instructions on the computer but the use of voice interface communication has exceeded...
As we sweep into the 4th Industrial Revolution driven by artificial intelligence, organisations are scrambling to implement Chatbots to be the face of their new machine-driven operations. Here are a few things you should know about them: Chatbots are often just seen as an automated text chat channe...
Getting a review unit late, as is the case with the Google Home Max, gives me the benefit of reading a lot of people's opinions of a product before I formulate my own. And reviewing a lot of similar speakers before I evaluate the one at hand gives me a broad base of experience upon which to formulate mine. Based on those two fronts, the Google Home Max has been praised just a wee bit overenthusiastically. That said, the Google Home Max is the best smart speaker I've heard. Amazon certainly has nothing close to it in terms of audio performance, and neither do any of the manufacturers building Echo clones.
What do we do when we need any information? Simple: "We Ask, and Google Tells". But if the answer depends on multiple variables, then the existing Ask-Tell model tends to sputter. State of the art search engines usually cannot handle such requests. We would have to search for information available in bits and pieces and then try to filter and assemble relevant parts together.
Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It's not just for iTunes rentals anymore--Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that includes 4K content. Since Apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it's gone from fun to indispensable. With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple's lineup. Just like all those years ago, it's still the device that "completes the story" of Apple's entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy--from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.
They thought that the Chinese Room argument showed that computationalism could never fully account for the first-person perspective, that the "computer metaphor for the mind" might lead to some vital social questions being ignored, that passing the Turing Test They conducted 20 interviews with a rather idiosyncratic collection of people, largely on the east and west coasts, to find out what the consensus was in the field. One of their happy discoveries was that connectionism (about which they initially knew little) was expected to overcome many of these obstacles. Each interview begins with a brief personal history of why the interviewee became involved with the subject and what they take it to be, and then moves into a discussion of contemporary issues which the editors find interesting. While the interviews do not conform to a set pattern, they return regularly to a few favorite themes: the Chinese Room, the importance of the Turing Test, why "symbolic AI" has failed (a claim that is made repeatedly throughout the book), and the significance of connectionism as a replacement for it Wilensky, and Winograd could possibly be said to be active in mainstream AI; on the other hand there are seven or eight philosophers, of whom only Dennett has a sympathetic interest in AI; all the others have rejected its premises, and Dreyfus, Searle and Weizenbaum are notorious for their passionate and sustained attacks on the subject. This would be less important but for the fact that AI is the main subject matter of several of the interviews.
This article gives an overview of current research on animated pedagogical agents at the Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education (CARTE) at the University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute. Animated pedagogical agents, nicknamed guidebots, interact with learners to help keep learning activities on track. They combine the pedagogical expertise of intelligent tutoring systems with the interpersonal interaction capabilities of embodied conversational characters. They can support the acquisition of team skills as well as skills performed alone by individuals. At CARTE, we have been developing guidebots that help learners acquire a variety of problem-solving skills in virtual worlds, in multimedia environments, and on the web.
Chatbot could be utilized to automate business-to-client interactions such as for creating customer service application. Not every task could be handled by the bot though, but it could handle a lot of tasks before some of the more complex ones are delegated to human. However, a lot of heavy-lifting is required to create the AI the bot, such as processing the input of the users, implementing the language understanding, training the machine, testing it, etc. Sometimes, we just want a simple bot that answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). But different people ask differently, right? And maybe we are wondering how are we able to make our bot understand different questions that might have the same meaning and context.
Chatbots have invaded the workplace. Or at least, invaded the conversations around the digital workplace. In the last month, I have seen some outstanding presentations on the use of conversational interfaces (aka chatbots, aka bots) in the digital workplace/intranet context. While a number of interesting articles have been published on the topic in the last year, the presentations had a hands-on, "lets write a simple bot" element to them that made the abstract real. What follows is an overview of some of these presentations to get you thinking about how bots might benefit your digital workplace.