Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants


Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. For one week, we asked five Engadget reporters to live with one of the major assistants: Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go.

Artificial General Intelligence – The Holy Grail of AI


Summary: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the long sought after'brain' that brings together all the branches of AI into a general purpose platform that can perform with human level intelligence in a broad variety of tasks. For starters, the incremental gains in partial AI represented by deep learning and robotics have bigger money and bigger companies behind them and more close-in applications. However, it's unlikely we could find a single human able to master every single economically important job so perhaps we can declare victory when the AGI can master one or more jobs if not all. Inductive reasoning makes broad generalizations from specific observations.

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I came across an interesting article on Popular Mechanics titled "Why Watson and Siri are not real AI". I agree 100% with Douglas Hofstadter but feel like the title is completely wrong. That is of course the author's doing, not Hofstadter. As long as we don't know how our brains "produce" intelligence, we are left to judge the level of machine intelligence based on subjective observation. Because I have been working in the field of artificial general intelligence, or Strong AI, for almost a decade, I know quick ways to prove to myself that neither Siri nor Google Now are intelligent (I have never had the chance to play with Watson but suspect really strongly I can get Watson to give a wrong answer because it doesn't really understand the question.)

How Amazon won the voice war -- for now


Amazon's Echo and Dot connected speakers are sold out, and 35 new products will have Alexa built-in this year. Did Alexa win over Siri, Cortana and Hey Google? LOS ANGELES -- Apple's Siri has been around five years, but Amazon's Alexa is the coolest kid on the voice- computing block now. At least, so it seemed at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where many manufacturers touted their Alexa functionality as a major selling for 35 new product introductions, including a car, refrigerator, smartphone, robot, Internet router and vacuum cleaner. "There's a real hunger for the next big thing," says Benedict Evans, a partner with investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.

10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today


Not sure where the author got his messaging on AI and QC (namely AI more fluid and human like due to QC); but it sounds a lot like my words. However, there is one lost piece to the AI story even with QC to make AI more human like and that is when you have Synbio involved in the mix. In fact I can not wait to see what my friend Alex Zhavoronkov and his team does with QC in his anti-aging work. I expect to see many great things with QC, AI, and Synbio together. Nonetheless, I am glad to see others also seeing the capability that many of us do see.

Samsung might have just confirmed Bixby, the next ridiculously-named AI assistant


We've gotten used to calling on Siri, Cortana and Google to answer questions, give directions and tell really bad jokes -- and it looks like yet another oddly-named digital assistant is about to join the roster. According to a screenshot of the Korean version of Samsung Pay's beta page captured by SamMobile Monday, Samsung's upcoming AI program will be named Bixby. The name appeared as a category available for selection on a drop-down menu that appeared on the site. SEE ALSO: Samsung says it will release a report on the Note7 'soon' This might confirm the speculation that followed Samsung's trademark filings for the name and another, Kestra, back in November. While the company confirmed that an AI assistant will be included in the upcoming Galaxy S8 back in November, details have been scarce.

A Siri for Your Finances? Digit Says Trust Me


Late last year, just in time for Christmas shopping, Rachel Rhoads got a nice surprise. One of her secret savings accounts had grown to $900 behind her back. Rhoads, a 37-year-old Los Angeles-based sales director for a jewelry line, has an account with Digit, a financial technology company with an algorithm that tracks users' income and spending patterns. It painlessly spirits small amounts of money out of checking and into a savings account every two or three days. "I just thought it was such a good idea, to set it and forget it," said Rhoads, who says she is "like a squirrel" in her approach to saving.

Samsung may have a rival to Apple's Siri. It's called Bixby


Samsung may have accidentally revealed the identity of its answer to Apple's Siri: a virtual assistant called'Bixby.' The South Korean electronics manufacturer has been largely left behind in the battle of the bots, with Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant all offering rivals to Siri. With the much-anticipated arrival of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, Samsung is expected to launch its own virtual assistant. In a recent beta version of the Samsung Pay app, three options were offered in the menu bar: Shopping, Mini and Bixby. The options, first spotted by unofficial Samsung blog SamMobile, have since been removed, but suggest the company is planning to integrate the digital assistant into its mobile payments platform.

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Simplify Your Business


In early 2016, the creators of Siri revealed their latest artificial intelligence assistant, Viv, meant to be the the intelligent interface for everything. Viv goes beyond Siri's ability to pull answers from basic web searches and answers complex questions that more closely resemble how people talk. It's no doubt that engineers are always looking for ways to create the most versatile artificial intelligence. Now, you can find AI assistants to take care of your shopping, travel plans and much more. We asked ten entrepreneurs how they're using AI assistants to make their businesses run smoother to learn more about the power of these useful devices.