Posts Tagged 'Conversational Interfaces'

Voice Interfaces Reap New Investment from Tech Giants

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Having a smart digital assistant you send messages to via a keyboard seems like a contradiction in terms. So 20th century. If they’re so smart, why don’t they talk like we do? And there’s the rub: now they don’t, but Amazon, Facebook, and Google, among others, see competitive advantage in bringing the best voice interaction to market. The impact will be similar to the one Google had on internet search, so why not get excited.

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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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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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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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Microsoft In Recovery Room After Tay

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Microsoft appears to have been emboldened by the success of its Xiaoice chat bot in China to try a US-based chat bot with the personality of a 19-year-old girl in order to attract the 18-24 year-old demographic. What it found was that the US market responded to the introduction by attacking the bot’s learning algorithms with hate speech and “training” Tay to be an eager participant within its first few hours online.

Microsoft acted at once to shut down the experiment ...

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Finding a Model for Information Negotiations—Human or Machine?

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This week, a research group asked me, “For cognitive computing to take off, what advances do you think we need to make the in next five years?” I answered the question, listing the components of a cognitive system, and then discussing which ones were still fairly primitive. But the question continues to haunt me. The fact is that we’ve had most of the components for cognitive computing for a very long time. Language understanding, machine learning, categorization, voting algorithms, search, ...

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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Predicts Cortana To Replace Browser

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Onstage at Tim O’Reilly’s Next:Economy conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella discussed the coming role of smart assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana as browser-killers. Tomorrow, voice interfaces and cognitive software will take care of all the typing and lousy navigation choices we throw at browsers today, according to Nadella.

Read commentary from the O’Reilly Next:Economy conference at Business Insider

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Facebook CTO Pushes FAIR Progress

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In a talk at the popular Dublin Web Summit in Ireland, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer outlined the growing contributions of FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) to the Facebook user experience, highlighting features in the News Feed and in the new “M” virtual personal assistant.

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The End of Expertise? Or A New Beginning?

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Bill Fischer, Professor at International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, recently penned a short op-ed nugget titled “The End of Expertise.” The piece is a “perspective” written to coincide with the 7th Global Drucker Forum being held in Vienna in November, and it was published on a no less respected platform than the Harvard Business Review website.

A major tenet of Fischer’s argument is that today’s decision makers need merely enlist “AI” to assemble from the Internet the answers ...

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Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

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Amir Mizroch of the Wall Street Journal Digits Blog reports on a Google research study that sought to train a machine to learn about human values—like morality—by using a large database of movie scripts as a training corpus. The comments on the post are as illuminating as the Google work.

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