NAB sees Amazon Alexa integration as pointing to the future of banking


The National Australia Bank (NAB) has announced integrating with Amazon Alexa, allowing customers to ask the voice-activated assistant certain questions about their bank account when the service goes live in Australia next month. According to executive general manager of digital and innovation Jonathan Davey, when looking at the way the bank thinks consumers will interact with technology over the next decade or so, voice activation is the clear forerunner. "We fundamentally believe as an organisation the way we need to be able to provide services to customers is changing and we're in a unique position where we're fortunate enough to be able to work with some of the most interesting and innovative companies around the world," Davey told ZDNet. Davey -- who oversees the bank's innovation arm, NAB Labs -- said that by partnering with the likes of Amazon and Google, NAB has visibility about how other organisations are reinventing the way consumers deal with service providers. Reflecting on his own use of voice assistants in his personal life, Davey said their presence starts to change people's behaviour.

Analysis: Artificial intelligence the new battleground for AWS


IN A bid to further demarcate the battle lines between the world's largest cloud behemoths, Amazon Web Services Inc is betting big on artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years, a strategy that is aimed at extending its already considerable lead in the industry. At the recently concluded re:Invent 2017 annual conference held at the Sands Convention Centre in Las Vegas in November for customers, partners, analysts and press, the one unequivocal thing on AWS' chief executive officer (CEO) Andy Jassy's (pic, above) mind was this: We have always led in the cloud and will continue our leadership through AI and machine learning. Jassy, who was promoted from senior vice president to CEO of AWS in 2016, said AWS continues to lead the market as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) player. Citing numbers from research firm Gartner, Jassy said AWS has captured 44% of the cloud market share in 2016, up year-over-year from 39%. The world's leading and largest cloud computing player was in a buoyant mood as Jassy set the tone of the conference by thanking all the attendees at re:invent 2017 – some 43,000 people, up 9,000 from last year's event – for keeping faith with the company and growing its user base further.

Seven apps and tools to organize your life

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These days, every phone comes with its own digital helper. But even if you have access to Google Assistant or Siri, you should consider using Cortana as well, particularly if you work with multiple devices or own a Windows 10 computer. Just download the app, sign in with your Microsoft account, and let her organize your life. Cortana can take notes, write lists, and set task reminders. The latter can ping you at particular times of day or when you reach certain locations--for example, you might get an alert to buy flowers as soon as you pass your favorite flower shop.

How AI-Powered Chatbots Elevate Marketing Returns


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already found its way into the marketing world, as you may already know. As a CMO, though, you may still be debating whether you need this level of science in your marketing strategy. A 2016 AI in Marketing study by Demandbase found that 80% of the marketing executives they surveyed believed that AI would revolutionize marketing by 2020 yet only 10% were currently using it. Also, only 26% of these marketing executives are confident about how to use AI in their marketing strategies. On a global scale, other research shows that AI is used more widely by marketing executives in other countries.

Deep Learning and NLP A-Z : How to create a ChatBot


We've talked about, speculated and often seen different applications for Artificial Intelligence - But what about one piece of technology that will not only gather relevant information, better customer service and could even differentiate your business from the crowd? ChatBots are here, and they came change and shape-shift how we've been conducting online business. Fortunately technology has advanced enough to make this a valuable tool something accessible that almost anybody can learn how to implement. If you want to learn one of the most attractive, customizable and cutting edge pieces of technology available, then this course is just for you!

Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New Zealand next month


At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New Zealand early in the new year. Today, it confirmed that Amazon Music Unlimited would launch in those countries on February 1st with Echoes on sale at select retailers early that month. While the rollout might be good for Australians and New Zealanders who want Echoes for themselves, it'll be harder for Amazon to wean them off other music streaming services, like Spotify, which has been available in Australia since 2012. At the least, Amazon Music Unlimited is priced competitively.

The Short Trip from Analytics to Artificial Intelligence Blog


Decades of popular science fiction have painted artificial intelligence (AI) as futuristic, mysterious and sometimes campy – on track to become reality around the same time bankers begin driving hover cars to work. Yet AI is now reaching buzzword status, and there's not a hover car in sight. The recent interest in AI could feel like a sudden and disjointed trend – an alluring concept without the technology to support its promises. In reality, AI is the next logical step in a long progression of innovations, in banking and across all other industries. The basic foundation for AI is already in place.

Artificial Intelligence is Trade Policy's New Frontier - TFO Canada


People are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) -- that is, the machines, systems or applications that are capable of performing tasks that, until recently, could only be performed by a human. Think of your morning routine: maybe a Google Assistant checks your calendar and reminds you of your meetings. Then you survey Twitter, which uses algorithms to curate what you see -- the latest about Trump, trade and technology rise to the top. And at the end of it all, when you settle in for some Netflix, your profile suggests a few thrillers you're likely to binge-watch. Marketing statistics reveal that some 57 percent of consumers expect voice-activated smart assistants to have a major or moderate impact on their daily lives by 2020.

Are Google's smart gadget wrecking YOUR wifi?

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Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The firm's Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker are reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi networks. Google today admitted the bug was real - and promised to fix it tomorrow. Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker (pictured) are overloading home Wi-Fi networks.

Suppliers ship 1m HomePod speakers to Apple

Daily Mail

Apple's delayed $349 'HomePod' smart speaker is finally set to go on sale. It had been claimed that the $349 gadget, originally supposed to go on sale last year, was launching'within weeks'. Now, it has been claimed a million of the smart devices have been shipped to Apple by suppliers ahead of the launch, which could happen within days. The new $349 smart'HomePod' home speaker will go on sale later this year, and use Siri to aplay music and answer questions. Apple also unveiled iOS 11 and new iPads at the event.