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How Apple, Facebook, Amazon, And Google Use AI To Best Each Other Fast Company

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As we explore in our companion piece about AI as a service, the tech giants who have a cloud computing business are adding AI services on top in an effort to differentiate their offerings. "With Siri intelligence, it understands context. Although tech cognoscenti will also dismiss Siri as less advanced than rival voice assistants, it has several hundred million users and has done more to popularize AI in consumer tech than arguably anything else. The new iPhone's FaceID is a paradigmatic AI function (In 2016, Apple acquired a facial-recognition software startup called Emotient for a rumored $100 million), and HomePod purports to be able to adapt its settings based on a room's acoustics and where it's placed.


What does Google want with HTC's smartphone business?

The Guardian

The Pixel and Pixel XL were premium smartphones aimed directly at Apple's iPhone and were manufactured by HTC for Google, with no branding or mention of HTC on the product or packaging. Thomas Husson, Vice President and principal analyst for Forrester, said: "Two weeks ahead of the likely announcement of new Pixel smartphones and other emerging hardware devices, HTC's acquisition illustrates Google's commitment to the consumer device space. Faced with the potential for a changing landscape where Android is no longer as effective a delivery system for Google services, the decision to produce its own hardware starts to make sense. That requires deeper involvement in hardware" Whether it's a speaker, a smartphone or a computer, in an increasingly competitive landscape, Google needs much better integration between hardware and software if its services are to continue to thrive.


The future of computing as predicted by nine science-fiction machines

The Guardian

"Our vision is to create that Star Trek computer and work backwards from that. And as with Star Trek's prediction of the iPad, the various voice assistants arguably wouldn't have come to be if Gene Roddenberry hadn't dreamed up the ever-present computer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, voiced by his wife, Majel Barrett. If Marvel's Iron Man is to believed, our AI assistants are more likely to be wise-cracking buddies with serious personality, possibly voiced by Paul Bettany, rather than the dulcet tones of Johansson. As Jarvis, Bettany has access to the internet, can control almost everything in Tony Stark's life, including his Iron Man suit, and comes across as having the smarts of a real life personal assistant.


Artificial Intelligence Smart Assistants: The Next Big Thing in Computing?

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The promise of these assistants, ranging from Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant to the newcomer, Samsung's Bixby, is that someday we will each have our own personal, always-listening AI which can respond to any wish and command, like Tony Stark's Jarvis in the movie Iron Man. Let's take a closer look at today's AI-powered assistants, their strengths and weaknesses, current use cases, app integration, and how they play into the plans of the biggest companies in tech. These two advantages make Google's Assistant superior for what is now the most common use case for smart assistants: answering basic questions. Here's a chart from a recent Business Insider article that compares smart assistants' performance: The results are striking: Google Assistant much more accurate than Siri, answering questions correctly 90.6% of the time as compared with Siri's 62.2%.


How Google could fire up its smart home play

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So while Mountain View is trying to seize on the smart home as an opportunity, consumer momentum on this front also presents an undeniable risk for it -- making Google vulnerable to a shift in computing behavior that favors voice assistants over traditional search. So while things are about to get tighter, Google still has some room to maneuver to grab itself a bigger chunk of the mainstream smart home market -- and thus a chance to reduce the strategic squeeze on its traditional search business. For now, it remains to be seen how much damage has been done to Google's search business by Amazon's careful, long-term maneuvering in the voice AI space, and now by the Echo's early lead inside the smart home. But again, Amazon is quickly expanding its hardware bets to try to convince all sorts of people that Alexa offers utility -- whether they're fashion lovers or family-focused homebodies.


Android inventor Andy Rubin unveils the 'Essential' phone

Daily Mail

It aims to build an entire technology ecosystem using AI - from phones and smart home gadgets to app stores. Alongside the Essential phone, Andy Rubin has unveiled a new home assistant to rival Apple's upcoming Siri Speaker. Bloomberg claims Essential will produce an range of both home and mobile products, and Rubin discussed his handset plans with Sprint executives at the recent CES show. Bloomberg claims Essential will produce an range of both home and mobile products, and Rubin (pictured) discussed his handset plans with Sprint executives at the recent CES show.


How Future Robots In The Workplace Might Take Over Customer Service

International Business Times

Georgia Tech's College of Computing offers an online Knowledge Based AI course to 300 students each semester staffed by a professor and eight teaching assistants (TA). Ashok Goel, computer science professor at Georgia Tech, estimates that within one year, Watson's TA identity will be able to answer 40% of the questions submitted, and the majority of students to date didn't realize that their assistance wasn't coming from a human source. Online florist 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (NASDAQ:FLWS) launched its chatbot to help customers place an order or connect them with a human customer service representative. A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative.


Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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The biggest hardware and software arrival since the iPad in 2010 has been Amazon's Echo voice-controlled intelligent speaker, powered by its Alexa software assistant. But just because you're not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn't mean the tech revolution is stuck or stopped. They are: Artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables. Google has changed its entire corporate mission to be "AI first" and, with Google Home and Google Assistant, to perform tasks via voice commands and eventually hold real, unstructured conversations.


Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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The biggest hardware and software arrival since the iPad in 2010 has been Amazon's Echo voice-controlled intelligent speaker, powered by its Alexa software assistant. But just because you're not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn't mean the tech revolution is stuck, or stopped. They are: artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables. Google has changed its entire corporate mission to be "AI first" and, with Google Home and Google Assistant, to perform tasks via voice commands and eventually hold real, unstructured conversations.


Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

#artificialintelligence

The biggest hardware and software arrival since the iPad in 2010 has been Amazon's Echo voice-controlled intelligent speaker, powered by its Alexa software assistant. But just because you're not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn't mean the tech revolution is stuck, or stopped. They are: artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables. Google has changed its entire corporate mission to be "AI first" and, with Google Home and Google Assistant, to perform tasks via voice commands and eventually hold real, unstructured conversations.