Crafting a conversational UI for your chatbot? Here's everything you need


Crafting conversational UI for your chatbot is an important step. Having understood the basics about Conversational UI in our previous post, let us now move on to understanding the steps to be considered while crafting Conversational UIs. With the speed at which our current technology is developing, it won't be long before we start conversing with our computers to get things done. In developed nations, this technology might be already existing today. The kind of technology they have access to and because they are at the forefront of the development of any related technology, they have gained an upper-hand.

AI doesn't always need to be more human


As technology advances, companies continue to push the boundaries with virtual assistants and conversational AI, striving in most cases to more closely approximate real-life person-to-person interactions. The implication is that "more human" is better. AI doesn't need to be more human to serve human needs. It's time for companies to stop obsessing over how closely their AI approximates real people and start focusing on the real strengths that this transformative technology can bring to consumers, businesses, and society. The desire to strive for more humanity within technology is understandable.

AI-powered phone service developed by banks will judge you on the way you speak

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that forms an opinion of people by the way they speak - in much the same way people do - is being developed by a UK finance firm. The language and vocabulary used by customers who ring in seeking help with their mortgage or savings accounts will be used to create a profile. The system, which is being backed by the Nationwide Building Society, will then tailor a computer generated conversation with the customer defined by their'voice personality'. Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that forms an opinion of people by the way they speak - in much the same way people do - is being developed by a UK finance firm. The AI system, developed by the company Scaled Insights, is already being used in partnership with hospitals in Leeds to help communicate with patients in the treatment of obesity and other issues.

The social animals that are inspiring new behaviours for robot swarms


From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds, many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behaviour can be used by engineers as "bio-inspiration" to solve practical human problems, and by computer scientists studying swarm intelligence. "Swarm robotics" took off in the early 2000s, an early example being the "s-bot" (short for swarm-bot). This is a fully autonomous robot that can perform basic tasks including navigation and the grasping of objects, and which can self-assemble into chains to cross gaps or pull heavy loads. More recently, "TERMES" robots have been developed as a concept in construction, and the "CoCoRo" project has developed an underwater robot swarm that functions like a school of fish that exchanges information to monitor the environment.

The Legal and Ethical Implications of Using AI in Hiring


Digital innovations and advances in AI have produced a range of novel talent identification and assessment tools. Many of these technologies promise to help organizations improve their ability to find the right person for the right job, and screen out the wrong people for the wrong jobs, faster and cheaper than ever before. These tools put unprecedented power in the hands of organizations to pursue data-based human capital decisions. They also have the potential to democratize feedback, giving millions of job candidates data-driven insights on their strengths, development needs, and potential career and organizational fit. In particular, we have seen the rapid growth (and corresponding venture capital investment) in game-based assessments, bots for scraping social media postings, linguistic analysis of candidates' writing samples, and video-based interviews that utilize algorithms to analyze speech content, tone of voice, emotional states, nonverbal behaviors, and temperamental clues.

Anki is shutting down, but its adorable Cozmo and Vector robots deserve a new home


According to a report from Recode, Anki, the company responsible for making small AI-tuned robots with giant personalities is shutting down after it ran out of money. Recode says the company is forced to close its doors "after a new round of financing fell through at the last minute." For anyone who ponied up a couple hundred bucks to buy one of Anki's robots, it's a bummer. While the company confirmed its closure to Crunchbase, it hasn't said how it will handle support for existing models, and the news will surely affect future development of the platform. While Anki made a name for itself through its robots' Wall-E-like personalities and expressions, the underlying technology is equally impressive.

This AI Startup Is Using Gamification to Fix Hiring


Traditional recruiting methods have typically had a poor track record at matching candidates with employers. San Francisco-based startup Scoutible is betting its AI-based gaming solution can do better. Most seasoned hiring managers know the sinking feeling that comes with realizing within months of onboarding that a new professional is ill-suited to the role. The pressing work that prompted the hire in the first place may stall, eliciting outcry from stakeholders and frustrating colleagues charged with picking up the slack. Meanwhile, the prospect of letting the employee go and starting the search anew creates even more headaches--not to mention added expense.

6 ways to make your dating app profile stand out from the crowd


It's 2019, and there are people on Cher's green earth whose dating app profiles consist solely of a grainy group photo and that one quote from The Office. Nothing against that beloved show, but let's be real: Are you really projecting the best version of yourself when the only words on your bio are "'You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take' - Wayne Gretzsky - Michael Scott?" SEE ALSO: Don't Make These Tinder Mistakes Let's also acknowledge the fact that once you put yourself out in the digital hellscape of online dating, anyone can take a screenshot of your profile and send it around to various group chats. So you might as well make it look good! But with a few simple tips, you can create a profile for almost any dating app that anyone would swoon over. Look, it's great that you have friends.

Sony's robot-themed art installation somehow felt like a cat cafe


With legitimate economic uncertainties for some of us, paired with predictions of a dystopian end of days at their hands, tech like robots, AI and automation have earned a bad rap. Sony has taken a soft-touch approach when it comes to robotics, perhaps best illustrated by its iconic electronic pet, Aibo. It's just one effort from a company that has seen a resurgence over the last few years, not just through a redesigned robot dog, but also its work on self-driving car sensors. Alongside CES and the other usual tech shows, Sony has been attending Milan Design Week for the past few years, and this time its lofty concepts touch on artificial intelligence, robotic empathy and how we're all going to feel about it. I wouldn't say I walked away with any answers, however.

This teenager started playing video games 18 hours a day. Now he makes more money than most adults.

Washington Post - Technology News

Griffin Spikoski spends as much as 18 hours a day glued to his computer screen playing the wildly popular, multi-player video game Fortnite. His YouTube channel -- where he regularly uploads videos of himself playing the online game -- has nearly 1.2 million subscribers and more than 71 million views; figures that have netted him advertisers, sponsorships and a steady stream of income. Last year, that income totaled nearly $200,000. The healthy sum -- more than enough to comfortably raise a family in most American cities -- is all the more impressive considering Spikoski is 14 years old. Still, he approaches video games the way an elite student athlete would approach a sport like football or basketball: when he's not playing, Spikoski, who goes by the name "Sceptic" on YouTube, completes school work online.