Tag: Bots

Tech

Google is reportedly working on a smaller smart speaker to take on Amazon’s Echo Dot

Google is reportedly planning to release a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker later this year. The features available in the mini Google Home are not yet known, but if true, Google Home could be complimented by a series of smaller, potentially cheaper speakers throughout one’s home similar to how Amazon Echo owners can…

Tech

Baidu’s ambitious plan for ‘everyone on this planet’ to use its conversational AI DuerOS

Last month was huge for Baidu. On the same day it opened its conversational AI platform DuerOS to businesses and third parties at its first-ever artificial intelligence developer conference, the Chinese search giant announced it had acquired Kitt.ai , a creator of bots for chat apps like Facebook Messenger, intelligent assistants like Alexa, and smart…

Cloud

Robotic digitization startup Ripcord raises $40 million to make paperless offices a reality

Ripcord , a startup that’s using robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Icon Ventures, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. The funds constitute $25 million in equity financing and $15…

Mobile

DoorDash trials food delivery via Marble’s autonomous robots

DoorDash is doubling down on its efforts to embrace robots and enhance its on-demand food delivery service. The San Francisco-based company is partnering with robotics startup Marble for a pilot program that will kick off initially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marble began life in San Francisco in 2015, but only emerged out of…

Tech

Amazon will pay developers with the most engaging Alexa skills

Amazon today announced a new program  to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations — like Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft…

Tech

Facebook’s AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K.

Facebook’s intelligent assistant M is now available for Facebook Messenger users in Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K. M in Facebook Messenger first became available in April . M uses machine learning to scan words used in conversations to recommend actions or services. Tell someone good night and M may suggest a good night sticker….

Security

DreamHost fights government request seeking 1.3 million IP addresses of DisruptJ20 website visitors

Webhosting service DreamHost has said that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested information on everyone who visited DisruptJ20.org , a website that was set up to organize political protests against the current U.S. administration. The DisruptJ20.org domain, a reference to the president’s inauguration on January 20, was actually registered on DreamHost last October, a few weeks before…

Tech

Facebook Messenger gets Spotify music suggestions

Facebook Messenger now comes with Spotify recommendations when music is mentioned in a conversation, as it appears Messenger has integrated the music service’s bot with suggestions by intelligent assistant M. Starting earlier this year, Facebook’s intelligent assistant M began to monitor words used in conversations to suggest things like Uber rides, peer-to-peer payments, and stickers,…