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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.


Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts

Wall Street Journal

Before the devastation throughout southern Texas, lawmakers and trade groups representing drone manufacturers specifically urged the FAA to adopt policies providing swift regulatory exemptions in the event of emergency applications. Since the FAA began clearing the way for unmanned aircraft around Houston, people familiar with the details said at least one company has received the green light to survey coastal damage using drones operating beyond the sight of ground-based pilots. Despite FAA flexibility, drone industry groups have called for further easing of rules. All drone operations were prohibited without specific FAA approval, and the FAA explicitly warned that "flying an unauthorized drone could interfere" with official rescue and recovery efforts.


How Machine Learning Enhances The Value Of Industrial Internet of Things

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They are taking advantage of cloud storage, Big Data and Big Compute capabilities offered by large public cloud providers. IIoT platforms include extensible data processing pipelines capable of dealing with real-time data that demands immediate attention along with data that only makes sense over a period. Enterprise IoT platforms embed a sophisticated rules engine that can dynamically evaluate complex patterns from the inbound sensor data streams. One of the key areas of Machine Learning is finding patterns from existing dataset to group similar data points (classification) and to predict the value of future data points.


How Machine Learning is Changing the Future of Digital Businesses - Dataconomy

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A major part of the strategy should include machine learning (ML) solutions. Both types of devices provide an interactive experience for the users due to Natural Language Processing technology. The immense volume of support tickets makes the task lengthy and time consuming. If automated via ML, the HR can let the machine predict candidate suitability by providing it with a job description and the candidate's CV.


In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

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The two companies have long been rivals, of course, but now -- maybe more than ever -- they are on a collision course that has them compete in cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, productivity applications and virtual and augmented reality. This is one area where Google remains clearly ahead of Microsoft, simply because it offers more hardware surfaces for accessing it and because it knows more about the user (and the rest of the world). In the virtual personal assistant arena, Google actually had some interesting announcements (though things like making calls on Google Home fell a bit flat, too, simply because Amazon announced this same feature for its Echo speakers a few days earlier). With HoloLens, Microsoft has a clear lead in standalone augmented reality experiences.


4 ways AI is helping you drive smarter

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Looking around in 2017, it's hard to find an industry that hasn't been affected by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). As a result, most major manufacturers now include some form of it in their vehicles. Another example of smart AI use in the auto industry is cloud-based personal assistants. Uber, for instance, recently acquired Geometric Intelligence to help it better integrate artificial intelligence into the platform to increase overall service efficiency.


In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

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The two companies have long been rivals, of course, but now -- maybe more than ever -- they are on a collision course that has them compete in cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, productivity applications and virtual and augmented reality. This is one area where Google remains clearly ahead of Microsoft, simply because it offers more hardware surfaces for accessing it and because it knows more about the user (and the rest of the world). In the virtual personal assistant arena, Google actually had some interesting announcements (though things like making calls on Google Home fell a bit flat, too, simply because Amazon announced this same feature for its Echo speakers a few days earlier). With HoloLens, Microsoft has a clear lead in standalone augmented reality experiences.


Microsoft's CEO wants bots and AI in every home

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In Australia for a Microsoft Developers conference, Nadella laid out his main theories for the digital future: Mobile-first and cloud-first. To help build'em, Nadella announced the launch of the Azure Bot Service -- a new public cloud-based bot builder -- that will give everyone access to automated systems that understand conversational language. In addition to building a bot army, Microsoft is also hoping to play a role in developing artificial intelligence for good, a project it referred to as "democratising artificial intelligence." "We are going to create an incredibly powerful technology," Altman said in a promotion video.


5 innovative ways to improve your retail business

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By adopting new technologies within your retail business, you will be able to grow your sales, increase brand awareness and customer loyalty, and improve your customer service. Focusing primarily on mobile users, the global coffee shop chain has introduced a set of innovative products featuring Mobile Order & Pay, Starbucks Rewards program, mobile payments capabilities (using debit/credit card, Visa Checkout, PayPal or Apple Pay), and its recent collaboration with Spotify – Starbucks Music. Chat bots use popular chat apps as a basis, providing on-demand personal shopper services within a convenient and familiar conversational interface. Using this information, retail companies can improve their shopping experience, providing more customized, relevant product suggestions and deals.


The Habits Your AI Personal Assistant Will Need To Learn Before You'll Trust It – Hunt Partner's Blog

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Since most bot companies are built on other companies' platforms, like Facebook Messenger, Amazon Echo, WeChat, and Slack, they must stay top of mind or they may as well not exist. An AI Bot uses a "conversational user interface" (CUI) to turn the tediousness of tapping through drop-downs and app menus into the simple act of asking. For example, as part of the recent fanfare around Google's new Pixel phone, the company showcased how the Google Assistant provides helpful information at just the right time by integrating with different services. By designing services that are enjoyable, dependable, and easy to talk to, companies can build products that feel familiar even when we are using them for the first time.