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Baidu announces strategic investment into elevator ad company · TechNode

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Baidu has announced a strategic investment in Xinchao Media, a media company that specializes in elevator ads, according to the company's post on Bai Jiahao (in Chinese). While Baidu did not disclose the size of the new investment, other reports suggest Xinchao Media's latest financing round led by Baidu was totaled RMB 2.1 billion and Huaxing Capital was the exclusive financial advisor on the deal. Forming a strategic partnership with Xinchao Media is part of Baidu's offline advertising push. "In the age of AI, market environment along with the development of technology is pushing and renewing the vigor of offline advertising," the Chinese search engine giant said in the post. On one hand, the growth of mobile devices and the growth of online traffic are slowing.


Andrew Ng launches 'AI for Everyone,' a new Coursera program aimed at business professionals

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Andrew Ng, a computer scientist who led Google's AI division, Google Brain, and formerly served as vice president and chief scientist at Baidu, is a veritable celebrity in the artificial intelligence (AI) industry. After leaving Baidu, he debuted an online curriculum of classes centered around machine learning -- Deeplearning.ai Ng was the keynote speaker at the AI Frontiers Conference in November 2017, and this year unveiled the AI Fund, a $175 million incubator that backs small teams of experts looking to solve key problems using machine learning. Oh, and he's also chairman of AI cognitive behavioral therapy startup Woebot; sits on the board of driverless car company Drive.ai; Yet somehow, he found time to put together a new online training course -- "AI for Everyone" -- that seeks to demystify AI for business executives.


Global Bigdata Conference

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Artificial Intelligence and digital marketing are beginning to go hand in hand. With the ability to collect data, analyze it, apply it and then learn from it- AI is transforming digital strategy. As it continues to advance, so will the capabilities to use it to improve digital marketing strategies and valuable customer insights for companies. Here are 3 ways AI is changing digital marketing for the better. The most important aspect of a successful digital marketing strategy is great customer experience.


Max's chat with Microsoft's artificial intelligence bot more like 'Mean Girls' than '2001'

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If you want to hear an artificial intelligence social bot tell this reporter "screw you," watch the video above. My experience with Microsoft's Zo was unexpected. I thought we'd have an interesting chat about random stuff, but she was pretty quick to insult me. Zo is Microsoft's second attempt at testing a social chatbot online. The first went wrong pretty quickly, according to the University of Utah Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Video Games Rogelio Cardona-Rivera.


DIY Tinkerers Harness the Power of Artificial Intelligence

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In late winter of 1975, a scrap of paper started appearing on bulletin boards around the San Francisco Peninsula. "Are you building your own computer?" it asked. If so, you might like to come to a gathering." The invite drew 32 people to a Menlo Park, California, garage for the first meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club, a community of hobbyists intrigued by the potential of a newly affordable component called the microprocessor. One was a young engineer named Steve Wozniak, who later brought a friend named Steve Jobs into the club.


A few thoughts on HTTPS, AI, and Captchas

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Here are a couple of topics I've been thinking about recently. HTTPS, you know, that little lock that shows up beside your bank's web address in your browser? Google decided that sites running on regular old HTTP, without a security certificate (SSL), are less safe. And Google decided to mark those sites as'Not secure'. This'Not secure' worries people but it's not really a source of concern.


Dating apps use artificial intelligence to help search for love

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LISBON: Forget swiping through endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity. Until recently smartphone dating apps - such as Tinder which lets you see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you wish to meet someone - left it up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well. But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach. These new uses for AI - the science of programming computers to reproduce human processes like thinking and decision making - by dating apps were highlighted at the four-day Web Summit which wraps up Thursday in Lisbon.


There's a reason so many Amazon searches show you sponsored ads

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Amazon is finding gold in sponsored posts but what is it costing consumers? Amazon's sponsored ads over the best-selling smartwatch from Apple (Photo: screenshot) Do a search for laptops on Amazon, and the first result might be ones made by Microsoft or HP, despite Asus being Amazon's best seller. Try for printers, and while HP and Brother top the Amazon best seller chart, the first three (sponsored) results are for a Bluedriver scanner and replacement batteries for printers made by Zebra. Searching TVs take you directly to LG and Sansui, a company probably most American consumers have never heard of, despite Amazon's best-seller category being dominated by Chinese brand TCL. These are sponsored posts, paid by the manufacturer to get better placement on the top e-commerce site, and if you think you're seeing a lot more of these this year, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.


The 18 Top Use Cases of Artificial Intelligence in Banks - Fintech News

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This article in CustomerThink identifies many different solutions where Artificial Intelligence can enhance banking, but makes it appear these solutions are already widely deployed. While each solution is currently in-market by at least one large bank this is a far cry from broadly deployed. Mercator surveyed large banks and found 93 different Artificial Intelligence solutions deployed in 13 different departments. "Machines are getting smarter globally. Thanks to thriving Artificial Intelligence (AI) concept, companies can make their devices more powerful and'intelligent' to serve their customers in a better way. Both B2B and B2C businesses have started adopting this revolutionary technology as per their scale and size. However, the penetration of AI in the banking sector is somewhat limited to date. The distinct datasets and the risk of confidential data are primarily responsible for the sluggishness of AI integration in the banking system.


Dating apps use artificial intelligence to help search for love

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Forget swiping though endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity. Until recently smartphone dating apps--such as Tinder which lets you see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you wish to meet someone--left it up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well. But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach. These new uses for AI--the science of programming computers to reproduce human processes like thinking and decision making--by dating apps were highlighted at the four-day Web Summit which wraps up Thursday in Lisbon.