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After Mobile App Success, Rock My World Introduces Fitness Chatbot Xconomy


Adam Riggs-Zeigen has come a long way since 2013, when he co-founded San Diego's Rock My World and introduced the mobile app RockMyRun to provide upbeat music playlists to motivate smartphone-equipped runners. Rock My World developed for Slack, the software that enables corporate teams to share workplace messages, ideas, and other information through a variety of channels that can be customized for a variety of projects and purposes. The artificial intelligence-based system incorporates sensor data from fitness devices in its messages to Slack user groups, he said. For example, may send some users a mid-afternoon message that they have not yet met their daily activity goal of walking 10,000 steps.

Microsoft's chatbot Zo has some interesting opinions about Windows


Microsoft's chatbots really are the gift that keeps on giving. Its latest chatbot, Zo, is no exception. Microsoft's chatbots have hit some bumps before. Compared with that, Zo's comments about Windows are pretty innocent, if hilarious.

Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stick Intel Newsroom


Today, Intel launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, the world's first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor. Whether it is training artificial neural networks on the Intel Nervana cloud, optimizing for emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and automated driving with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, or taking AI to the edge with Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) technology, Intel offers a comprehensive AI portfolio of tools, training and deployment options for the next generation of AI-powered products and services. "The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance – more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope – to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of Movidius, an Intel company.

Do You Need an Artificial Intelligence Strategy? The Answer May Surprise You


Although artificial intelligence--or AI--has taken center stage in nearly all technology discussions, it's unclear that every business needs an "AI strategy." For small companies, in particular, it probably makes no sense to dedicate limited resources to hire an AI expert, even if there were one available. And small businesses, as noted, have limited resources. Virtually every business software company from Salesforce (crm) to Microsoft (msft) says they are weaving AI capabilities into their products.

Voice Technology, Passwords And How To Protect Your Phone

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But voices can be recorded, simulated or even imitated, making voice authentication vulnerable to attack. Fortunately, there are automatic speaker verification systems that can detect human imitation. However, those systems can't detect more advanced machine-based attacks, in which an attacker uses a computer and a speaker to simulate or play back recordings of a person's voice. But recall that existing speaker verification methods can catch impersonators, using machine learning techniques that identify whether a speaker is modifying or disguising his or her normal voice.

Google is using machine learning to create a news feed from your searches ZDNet


Google has updated its mobile app with a more personalized news feed and a new button to follow topics from search results. Google introduced a news feed in December which offered a series of cards containing news that reflects previous searches as well as local weather, sports, TV schedules, movies trailers, and other content. Similar to recent changes to Google News, the mobile app will now offer more context beneath key stories in a carousel with links to related stories, opinion pieces and fact-checking options. As reported by ZDNet's sister site CNET, the feed is determined by Google's search algorithms and information from Maps, Gmail, and YouTube searches.

Freshworks makes its eight acquisition, buys chatbot startup Joe Hukum


Chennai-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup Freshworks has acquired Joe Hukum, a platform that helps businesses build their own chatbots, the company announced on Thursday, according to a VCCircle report. As per the report, Joe Hukum's technology automates sales, service and support workflows across various channels and user interfaces. In 2015, Freshworks acquired in-app customer support platform Konotor, social recommendation platform Frilp, and video chat software Freshworks last raised funding of $55 million in its Series F round les by Sequoia Capital India and existing investor Accel Partners.

5 Movies that Explain the Concept of Singularity - OpenMind


The possibility that thanks to artificial intelligence, machines will one day be capable of self-improvement and spawn a generation of computers far superior to human intelligence, is now feasible thanks to the development of exponential technologies. However, one thing all the predictions agree on is that it will be sooner rather than later, and certainly in the 21st century, making it perhaps be the most important century in the history of our existence: the time when humanity transcends its biological nature thanks to the development of technology. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a loner and an avid videogamer who decides to buy "the first artificially intelligent operating system" (OS). Caleb is working as a computer programmer for a large multinational when he has a surprising experience: he spends a few days at the palatial home of his boss, who is fanatical about artificial intelligence technologies.

Exclusive interview: Democratising data science & making AI more accessible


Mark Armstrong, vice president and managing director of international operations for APJ and EMEA, for Progress, discusses the company's mission to democratise data science and make technologies such as machine learning, predictive maintenance and Artificial Intelligence more accessible so businesses in Australia and New Zealand can succeed. Progress believes that democratisation of data science is the key to including all organisations, including SMBs, in the machine learning equation. Data RPM and its meta-learning approach to machine learning will enable us to democratise data science by making it scalable, which will allow businesses to build models without the need for an army of data scientists. Making machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) accessible is exactly why we acquired DataRPM.

Amazon Quietly Buys a Startup To Make Alexa Smarter - Big Data on Top Tech News


It recently began looking to hire additional software developers and data associates in Santa Barbara to work on Alexa. "You can see it happening with the Amazon Echo, Siri, Google Now," he said. He founded and led ad tech firm DoubleClick through 2005, when the company was sold to private equity firms for $1.1 billion. Elsewhere in Southern California, Amazon maintains software development workforces in Irvine and San Diego and several sprawling fulfillment centers in the Inland Empire.