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Microsoft's new drawing bot is an A.I. artist

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Microsoft today is unveiling new artificial intelligence technology that's something of an artist – a "drawing bot." The bot is capable of creating images from text descriptions of an object, but it also adds details to those images that weren't included the text, indicating that the A.I. has a little imagination of its own, says Microsoft. "If you go to Bing and you search for a bird, you get a bird picture. But here, the pictures are created by the computer, pixel by pixel, from scratch," explained Xiaodong He, a principal researcher and research manager in the Deep Learning Technology Center at Microsoft's research lab in Redmond, Washington, in Microsoft's announcement. "These birds may not exist in the real world -- they are just an aspect of our computer's imagination of birds."


Understanding AI's strengths and weaknesses in the workplace

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Much of the conversation about tech in the workplace centers on jobs that will be replaced by AI, as well as the technology's impending effects on workplace dynamics. Without question, this is a revolution in the making, and some businesses will thrive within it while some get left behind. However, let's not forget that this cutting-edge tech is still not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are some tasks that artificial intelligence excels at, and others that the technology will not be able to effectively complete for decades, or even centuries. There's no shortage of intriguing toys and tools that promise to futurize your office, but the real changes will come from implementing AI to augment and even replace human workers in a number of tasks.


Chinese Machine Learning Beats Humans in Reading Test

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The machine-learning models scored 82.44 on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset, a large-scale reading comprehension test with more than 100,000 questions, compared with 82.304 by humans. Stanford tests are used by several international universities and global technology firms, including Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft, to determine whether their machine learning models are able to answer the questions in the data set. Machines have already bested humans in complex games like chess, where skills such as infallible memory and raw computing power align with the intrinsic capabilities of bots. In December last year (2017), DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence programme, was able to win a game of chess after first learning how to play the game. Where computers have surpassed human ability before in games of chess by using pre-conditioned programming, DeepMind's AlphaZero program experimented by playing games against itself until it had discerned the effectiveness of all possible moves.


Enhancing Customer Experience through AI

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About 10 years ago, all business communications were done through email. Then, with the emergence of social channels such as Facebook and Twitter, it became progressively essential for customer experience strategy to involve support teams to monitor these channels. In the last two years, businesses have seen an increasing preference for live chat messaging like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. It can be asserted from this timeline that the first and foremost necessity when assessing customer experience is to identify the channel the customer prefers to interact on. Nowadays customers interact on a multichannel level; to provide a seamless customer service across all channels, businesses should be prepared to maintain the context when interacting with a particular customer across various channels.


What is CryptoBots. How to start playing? – Chatbot's Life

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Playneta is a mobile game development studio. There are 2 mobile projects in operation by PLAYNETA at the moment, with more than 16 million users. Info about the bots is stored on the Ethereum network, and the rules of the game are governed by several smart contracts. In order to play the game, you will need either the Chrome or Firefox browser, with the Metamask extension installed. The authors of the game were inspired by, the popular game, cryptokitties.


How PR robots are changing the face of banking

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It's been ten years since the global financial crisis led to widespread calls to restore trust in UK financial services. Yet today, the trust-in-finance debate has largely moved on, without producing a better financial sector, able to serve the public interest. Instead, there is another reputational battle taking place within financial services itself – as banks, insurers and investment companies get to grips with the latest wave of technological disruption in their sector. The last wave of technological disruption took place at the turn of the 21st century, giving birth to a new sector known as fintech – companies specialising in financial software, equipment and systems. That last wave also gave us financial supermarkets, price comparison sites and online banking.


Bots, brains and beyond: welcome to AI Week

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Welcome to TechRadar's AI week! Over the next few days we'll be bringing you a raft of content dedicated to offering a better understanding as to what artificial intelligence is and how it has permeated the our daily lives. Once the work of science fiction and blockbuster movies, you can now find artificial intelligence embedded in any number of household objects - from your phone, to your speaker... even to your fridge. So this week we've set out to reveal just how powerful AI is, the gadgets you can find the technology working in right now and what the future actually holds for artificial intelligence. To deepen your sense of what artificial intelligence is, head to our AI Week hub now, where you'll find a whole host of exciting articles to read.


AI-Powered 'Intelligent' Marketing Will Keep It Real

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Last year I attended the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit and had the opportunity to be entertained by keynote speaker James Corden of the CBS Late Late Show and of "carpool karaoke" fame. Central to Corden's talk was the importance of truth and transparency in both comedy and marketing. And aside from the obvious irony in today's era of alternative facts and fake news, he made a great argument for keeping things real. In addition to Corden, the buzz at the summit was all about the latest trends in marketing tech, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). Comments about AI's ability to facilitate listening, personalization and campaign management at scale floated around the halls and meeting rooms, causing almost everyone to wonder about the possibilities.


Why chatbots need a 'dominant design' - Crazy About Startups - Entrepreneurship, Startups

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If there's one thing you can say about chatbots, it's that there's a lot of buzz surrounding the phenomenon. There's an excitement in the air that hasn't been around for some time. The pending bot revolution also comes at the right time. Even with the success of Pokémon Go in mind, there seems to be a case of app fatigue. The cure just might be bots.


Chinese Dating Apps Using Bots Shut Down, 600 People Arrested

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A number of dating apps in China were shut down by the police after it was found that they were actually run by automated robots. According to BBC, more than 600 suspects, associated with 21 Chinese companies, were arrested by the police after then startling discovery and at least 12 dating apps were shut down. The fraudulent apps operated across 13 provinces in the country, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen. The investigation into the matter began in August 2017 when the police tried to crack down on one such app, operating in southern Guangdong province, China, that charged money from customers for in exchange for viewing pornographic videos that did not exist. Further investigation revealed that one of the company's staff members had created fake "sexy girl" accounts, in order to dupe newly registered customers and con them of their money.