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Alexa and Google Assistant should tell you when the next bus is coming

OPINION: Rarely a week goes by without news of a new feature for AI assistants like Alexa, Bixby, or Siri. It’s a fast-moving competition between tech giants like Amazon, Samsung, and Apple, but despite billions of investment in AI and everyone from Softbank to Will.I.Am entering this space, sometimes critical or easily accomplishable tasks for the uberbots…

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7 metrics for monitoring your chatbot’s performance

GUEST: Researchers estimate we will speak to chatbots more than we speak to our spouses by 2020 . Obviously, companies that implement chatbots are doing something right. However, businesses still have a hard time determining whether or not their bots are up to snuff. While there are plenty of effective chatbots on the market, there are also…

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Apple delays HomePod until 2018, surrendering the smart speaker holiday market to Amazon and Google

Apple today announced that the HomePod smart speaker will no longer be made available this year, but rather in early 2018. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon’s Echo series, Google’s Home series, and other several other smart speakers on the market. Though the smart…

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Google launches a paid enterprise edition of its Dialogflow chatbot builder

 Google today announced the beta launch of its enterprise edition of Dialogflow, its tool for building chatbots and other conversational applications. In addition, Dialogflow (both in its free and enterprise version) is now getting built-in support for speech recognition, something that developers previously had to source through the Google Cloud Speech API or similar services….

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Baidu unveils home robots and smart speaker

Baidu today unveiled its first two home robots and smart speaker powered with DuerOS, its  conversational AI technology similar to Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana. The three new devices, part of the new Raven series, made their debut onstage today at the Baidu World conference in Beijing. More than 100 appliances like smartphones, televisions, refrigerators,…

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Google gives developers more tools to make better voice apps

Google Assistant received some major upgrades in recent days, and today Google Assistant product manager Brad Abrams announced a series of changes to help developers make voice apps that interact with Google’s AI assistant, including ways to give them more expressive voices and send push notifications, as well as new subcategories for the Assistant’s App Directory….

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PullString debuts Converse, a simple Alexa skills maker for marketers

PullString today announced plans to launch a simplified version of its platform, this one aimed at professionals who want to quickly design and launch voice apps. A marked departure from the company’s more complicated Author platform, Pullstring’s Converse will be available November 27 to coincide with AWS Re:Invent. Converse was made to give creative professionals,…

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Facebook brings Messenger payments to France and the U.K.

Facebook Messenger extended its peer-to-peer payment system to millions of users by making payments possible in Euros and British pounds in France and the United Kingdom respectively. This is the first time P2P payment is being made available to Facebook Messenger users outside the U.S. since being introduced more than two years ago.  The news…

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AI-enabled technologies could help museums survive the digital age

GUEST: By definition, museums store and display objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural significance. Want to see dinosaur skeletons, medical oddities, Civil War weapons, or Renoir masterpieces? There’s a museum out there for you. But without relatability and modern storytelling, even the most captivating exhibits can be, well, a bit stuffy and boring ….