Virtual assistant

Using AI In An Uncertain World

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Like anything else in life except death and taxes (and even the particulars of these are uncertain), uncertainty is something that humans deal with every day. From relying on the weather report for umbrella advice to getting to work on time, every day actions are fraught with uncertainty and we all have learned how to navigate an unpredictable world. As AI becomes widely deployed, it simply adds a new dimension of unpredictability. Perhaps, however, instead of trying to stuff the ...

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Cognitive Liability?

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Tesla paid a high price in May, 2016, when a complex of issues involving its autopilot and vision functions—as well as driver overconfidence—caused the crash a Florida that killed one of its enthusiastic supporters and brought to the forefront the risk involved in operating a supposedly autonomous driving system that turns out not to be.

Beyond the obvious risk to life and limb, there lurks another unresolved issue that could turn out to be an equally important factor to the success ...

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SAS CTO on Viya™ and Cognitive

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The Huffington Post recently published an interview with Oliver Schabenberger, SAS Executive VP and CTO discussing the shifts in advanced analytics, the adoption of deep learning techniques, the increasing use of streaming data analytics, and the emergence of cognitive computing approaches in SAS product lines. All of these capabilities are anchored in SAS’s most recent Cloud platform offering, dubbed Viya™.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lolita-taub/cognitive-business-sas-an_b_13531248.html

Schabenberger takes a pragmatic view on how the AI-supported future will unfold:

“It is unlikely that AI will replace the processes ...

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Viv To Demo “New” Virtual Assistant

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Attendees at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference will see the first large public demo of startup Viv Labs’ “Viv” virtual assistant. In gestation for over a decade and in concentrated development since Viv Labs was founded 4 years ago, the new assistant brings an open architecture model to the problem of creating a voice-driven personal service with range and depth.

Created by the team that developed Siri and sold it to Apple, the goal of Viv is literally to replace the current middleman ...

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AI First World for Google

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Google (not to be confused with Alphabet) CEO Sundar Pichai used the company’s (Alphabet’s) annual “founders’ letter” to paint a brief but interesting picture of the company’s commitment to intelligent assistant technologies:

Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.

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Rob High Suggests Emotional Analysis is Next

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IBM Watson CTO Rob High presented a keynote recently at the NVidia GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, in which he took the 3,500 attendees through the milestones of Watson development since the 2011 Jeopardy win, reviewed the differences between AI and Cognitive Computing, and suggested that a core future development area for Watson will be taking the analysis of sentiment beyond “red light/green light” toward a more textured understanding of personality, emotion, and tone.

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Cautionary Tales for Digital Assistant Apps

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Young human ex-question-answerer Biz Carson offers an insider’s look at human-assisted search apps and what can go wrong when developers leave humans and machines to collaborate to find the “best” answers to users’ questions. While she specifically points to Facebook’s M as a candidate for falling into some of the same negative dynamics that beset her former company (would-be search innovator ChaCha) in 2009, her experience sheds light equally well on any cognitive app being developed to provide more than ...

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Racing to be the Google of the Conversation Age

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Slate’s senior technology writer Will Oremus makes a cover story out of the current state of the experience(s) of engaging with our voice-recognizing consumer digital assistants. Looking at Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s mobile search app, Facebook’s M, and of course Apple’s Siri, Oremus puts together a thorough, critical, textured, and often amusing account of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we may be headed in conversational relationships with cognitive services.

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