artificial intelligence

  • DigitalGenius Brings Artificial Intelligence To Customer Service Via SMS

    DigitalGenius Brings Artificial Intelligence To Customer Service Via SMS

    Imagine you’re dreaming of buying a new car. You see a commercial on TV with a phone number where you can text your questions, but the answers aren’t coming from a human. They come from a smart system fueled by artificial intelligence and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). That’s what DigitalGenius, which presented onstage at Disrupt NY, can do. The tool carries on a… Read More

  • A Journey To Intelligent Design

    A Journey To Intelligent Design

    If you’re looking for zeitgeist Biblical metaphors for the tech sector, you can’t do much better than the Tower of Babel. Human civilization a hundred years after the Flood; monolingual and gathered in a city called Babel. They become possessed with the mission of building a tower to the heavens. Which they begin… Read More

  • Stop Fearing Artificial Intelligence

    Stop Fearing Artificial Intelligence

    As yet another tech pioneer with no connection to artificial intelligence steps out to voice his fears about AI being catastrophic for the human race, I feel the need respond. While I respect Steve Wozniak’s technological contributions to our culture, I fear that he, like so many others (Musk, Hawking, Gates), is poisoning the well for fear of something he doesn’t truly understand. Read More

  • Facebook Open-Sources React Native

    Facebook Open-Sources React Native

    At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook announced that it is open-sourcing its React native framework for building native apps. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React JavaScript framework for building native mobile applications. Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    There are a few universal truths in online dating: most photos are carefully staged, most profiles are slightly puffed-up, and most people on them (and this is clearly fast-changing) are actually human. Until some unlucky Tinder users spotted Ava. A company promoting the movie Ex Machina created a fake account, Ava, with a photo of the star of the movie. Ava is an AI in the film and… Read More

  • Anki’s Next-Gen ‘Overdrive’ Set Lets You Make Your Own Tracks

    Anki’s Next-Gen ‘Overdrive’ Set Lets You Make Your Own Tracks

    AI-powered remote control car maker Anki today unveiled Anki Overdrive, the next generation of its play sets that will let kids (and the adults who inevitably have to play with them) create their own tracks from various tiles. Read More

  • SoftBank Will Help IBM’s Watson Learn Japanese

    SoftBank Will Help IBM’s Watson Learn Japanese

    Watson, the IBM-developed artificial intelligence computer system, isn’t content with just being a Jeopardy winner, powering healthcare analytics, or making big data easier to understand. Now the overachiever is also studying Japanese. Read More

  • Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

    Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

    With industry pundits including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others hotly debating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hollywood priming the public for the release of a slew of new movies — including Terminator 5 — that warn what can happen when software and hardware evolve to the point that they are capable of human feats of intelligence, it’s little wonder… Read More

  • Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country. In the latest development, Tel Aviv VC Singulariteam is announcing that it has closed its second fund — $102 million from LPs that include co-founders of China’s Tencent and Renren — that it will use… Read More

  • Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    If it’s up to Robotbase, you’ll soon be coming home and a robot will greet you at the door. While you were away, the Robotbase Personal Robot patrolled your home, made sure the temperature was lowered when you left, maybe locked the door after you were gone and, through its built-in camera, allowed you to check in on your dog, too. Robotbase is launching its Kickstarter campaign… Read More

  • The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts

    The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts

     Yet the news cruised by with analysis focused simply on what Facebook’s new keyword post search does today. Yes, any post by you or any of your friends can now be dug up with a quick search from mobile. But I don’t think people realize how big a deal it is for tomorrow. Facebook just went from data rich to Scrooge-McDuck-swimming-in-a-tower-full-of data rich. The ramifications… Read More

  • What Artificial Intelligence Is Not

    What Artificial Intelligence Is Not

    Artificial Intelligence has been in the media a lot lately. So much so, that it’s only a matter of time before it graduates to meaningless buzz word status like “Big Data” & “Cloud”. Usually I would be a big supporter. Being in the AI space, any attention to our often overlooked industry is welcome. But there seems to be more misinformation out there than… Read More

  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

  • The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    We are entering an exciting period for Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next 5 years. Read More

  • Nara Logics’ Artificial Intelligence Platform Gets A $6M Boost

    Nara Logics’ Artificial Intelligence Platform Gets A $6M Boost

    For a long time, academic computer scientists would snicker when you even uttered the words “artificial intelligence.” That’s been changing quickly over the last few years and now investors are also taking this space more seriously. Nara, an artificial intelligence company that is probably best known for its Nara.me personalization platform, today announced that it has… Read More

  • Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly-released app was Impala — an app for iOS and… Read More

  • A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish. We call it inevitable. The era of the assistant that began with Siri will eventually dominate the way people interact with mobile devices, computers, cars, wearables, appliances and every other piece of technology that requires complex human-machine interaction. We do not appear… Read More

  • How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

  • Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters

    Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters

    When we humans communicate, we rely on a vast background of unspoken assumptions. Everyone knows that “water is wet,” and “people want to be happy” and we assume everyone we meet shares this knowledge. It forms the basis of how we interact and allows us to communicate quickly, efficiently, and with deep meaning. Read More

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