Financial Chatbots Are Coming, But It's More About the "Bot" Than "Chat"


Tyler Griffin, Entrepreneur in Residence at CFSI, recently wrote a wonderful article on financial chatbots, covering the history of their use with a focus on the modern-day user experience and highlighting their current limitations, especially those not powered by "true artificial intelligence."

Revolutionizing global health

MIT News

MIT research scientist Richard Fletcher directs the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, which develops a variety of mobile sensors, analytic tools, and diagnostic algorithms to study problems in global health and behavior medicine. Utilizing mobile technologies -- which include smartphones, wearable sensors, and the so-called internet of things -- his group applies these technologies to real-world social problems with global implications. These issues involve a variety of areas, such as environmental monitoring and air pollution, agriculture, farming, and global health.

Get an Amazing Whale's-Eye View Underneath Antarctica

National Geographic News

To see the world through the eyes of a 40-ton polar whale it helps to use a little bug. At least that's what this satellite tracking tag resembles.

Robot crime raises thorny legal issues that need addressing now - TechRepublic


What happens when criminals figure out how to use robots to commit crimes? Christopher Markou, a Ph.D. candidate and Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, takes a look at the disturbing possibility in We could soon face a robot crimewave ... the law needs to be ready, a commentary he wrote for The Conversation.

3 Ways Sales Managers Can Use AI to Increase Sales Effectiveness


That's not a doomsday prediction, by the way. In 2011, Gartner predicted that by 2020, 85 percent of all customer interactions with the enterprise won't involve another human.

Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

MIT News

When animals hunt or forage for food, they must constantly weigh whether the chance of a meal is worth the risk of being spotted by a predator. The same conflict between cost and benefit is at the heart of many of the decisions humans make on a daily basis.

Why predicting the future is more than just horseplay

Christian Science Monitor

April 24, 2017 --Three years out of a PhD in physics in 1953, John Kelly Jr. published a breakthrough paper about insider information in horse racing in an unlikely place: the Bell Labs Technical Journal. By the time it was in print, the paper's title had been scrubbed of its references to gambling – the AT&T executives didn't care for Bell Labs to be so directly associated with horse racing – but the content remained. Dr. Kelly had not just cracked the mathematics underlying a type of gambling, but he had also revealed deeper patterns about the nature of prediction.

The AI Economy is Reserved for the Highly Skilled – Intuition Machine – Medium


Thomas Frey has a thought provoking article "78 Skills that are Difficult to Automate". Frey breaks down the categories of jobs that he believes will remain "safe" from automation: