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How can AI in hotels remodel the hospitality business?

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Our previous article on " Artificial Intelligence in Hotels " spoke about how AI can impact the operational processes and dynamics within the hospitality industry. This final article in the 3 part series will focus on using the inherent capability of AI along with predictive analytics and natural language processing to synchronize and optimize the entire information management system to deliver exceptional customer service. Intelligent hotel system is where all the data channels are linked together just like human arteries and veins, forming a superlative, productive and high-performance structure that resembles the future vision of automated hotel system. IoT-enabled connections of motion sensors, room control, and smart voice control are poised to change the way hotels function. Integration of IoT into intelligence-driven hotel operations will not only personalize hotel guest experience but also impact the business model of the hotel industry in the near future.


Readers Write: Augmented Intelligence: Virtual Assistants Come to Healthcare

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Andrew Rebhan, MBA is a health IT research consultant with Advisory Board of Washington, DC. Natural language processing (NLP) techniques allow digital systems to streamline user interactions allowing machines to read text, understand meaning, and generate narratives from existing information. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have accelerated progress in a broad range of NLP applications for healthcare, including digital assistants for clinical staff, concierge services for patients, and digital scribes to streamline documentation processes. For example, last Fall Nuance Communications released its Dragon Medical Virtual Assistant to help health care providers interact with clinical workflows using NLP and other conversational AI functionality. Nuance announced at HIMSS18 that it will integrate its virtual assistant technology into Epic's EHR.


Global Bigdata Conference

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Today, when asked about artificial intelligence (AI), many people start painting science fiction inspired images of machine-ruled futures and robots completing manual tasks for human beings. To them, AI is only a concept, something that's going to happen tomorrow. In reality, artificial intelligence is already part of our lives. We use AI every day. Is 2018 The Year That The AI Revolution Goes Mainstream?


Apple Hands Siri Responsibilities to Executive Poached From Google

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Mr. Giannandrea assumes control of Siri as it tries to fend off rising competition from rivals such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google Assistant and Amazon.com Those voice assistants have outperformed Apple's product in independent tests on its ability to accurately answer questions, forcing the iPhone maker to play catch up in a category it pioneered. Apple officially shifted responsibility for Siri to software chief Craig Federighi last September. It had been overseen by senior vice president Eddy Cue since 2012. Voice-driven virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, powered by artificial-intelligence technology, are gaining popularity by making it simpler for people to perform computing tasks like searching for information, shopping, and switching on lights.


The Push For A Gender-Neutral Siri

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Siri, Alexa and Cortana all started out as female. Now a group of marketing executives, tech experts and academics are trying to make virtual assistants more egalitarian. Siri, Alexa and Cortana all started out as female. Now a group of marketing executives, tech experts and academics are trying to make virtual assistants more egalitarian. Have you ever noticed something most virtual assistants have in common?


Will AI mean the end of personal responsibility? - AndroidPIT

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Choose "Yes, I have!" or "Never heard of it.". Technology's effect on culture and society can be subtle. When presented with a new toy or service that makes our lives easier, we're quick to embrace and normalize it without thinking through potential consequences that only emerge years down the line. Take personal privacy, for example. When Facebook was rocked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it may have dominated the headlines and set the chattering classes ablaze, but amid all the outrage, what struck me as the most common reaction outside of media pundits and tech enthusiasts was indifference.


New Paradigms in Retail with AI and Big Data

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With Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence tools, the retail industry is changing its approaches to various facets of its operation. While the big brands are the leaders in trying out many innovative technologies, even small retail businesses are investing in these to reap the potential benefits. Big Data enables business organizations to gain deeper insights into customer behaviour, their preferences and expectations, competitor strategies. Retailers can better understand product movement and merchandise assortment needs. Artificial Intelligence integrates many technologies like voice recognition, machine learning, IoT, robotics etc., to provide an enhanced customer experience.


4 ways AI can change democracy for the better

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Artificial intelligence has without question been a menace to modern democratic society. Malicious bots notably interfered in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and they meddled in Mexican elections held earlier this week. Perhaps even more alarming is a study published last month that found the majority of people in democratic societies around the world do not believe their voices are heard. Modern systems of government have been challenged in recent years by both disillusionment in institutions and foreign adversaries deploying malicious forms of AI. Something has to give, and while AI is often painted as the villain automating away everyone's jobs, it's just a tool, and one that can be used in powerful ways to improve lives.


"I'm Google's automated booking service." Why Duplex is now introducing itself as a robot assistant.

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Silicon Valley's quest for artificial intelligence has led it to build self-driving cars, drones, and robots that can do back flips. But often that journey has come down to something much more prosaic, such as ordering a pizza -- or booking a restaurant reservation. Duplex is the company's next-generation virtual helper. When the company first showcased it at its developer conference in May, it engaged in conversation so lifelike -- complete with humanlike "ums" and pauses -- that the person on the other end of the call couldn't tell that the speaker was just software. Some asked whether the interaction was fake.


Don't be afraid of artificial intelligence managing your money - Daily Times

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Would you want a robot managing your money? Are you comfortable with a computer that could think and learn? While this might sound like a futuristic science fiction novel, it's already happening in financial services. Robots and smart computers are helping to manage your money, and they will enable banks to increase revenue and employment over the next five years, according to a report by Accenture on realizing the full value of AI . Artificial intelligence refers to computer systems that are able to perform tasks that historically required human intelligence, such such as recognizing images, understanding speech, translating languages and making decisions.