bots

  • Star Wars and the future of healthcare Crunch Network

    Star Wars and the future of healthcare

    In his iconic Star Wars series, George Lucas envisioned a world in a galaxy far, far away, where, among other things, doctors were droids and bots. Lucas viewed medical care as algorithmic, and therefore well within the capacity of intelligent machines. Does the world of healthcare in the Star Wars films — where bots are the new docs — mirror our own not-so-distant future of medicine? Read More

  • USV’s Albert Wenger on converting our attitude on automation from foe to friend Crunch Network

    USV’s Albert Wenger on converting our attitude on automation from foe to friend

    The zero marginal cost of information is turning everything upside down. Albert Wenger, Partner at Union Square Ventures asserts in our latest interview, “We are just at the beginning of this inversion.” Although the changes this inversion is bringing to many associated industries like traditional publishers, crowdfunding sites, and biotech companies are still in their infancy… Read More

  • Workato unveils Personal Workbot to silence some of the Slack bot noise

    Workato unveils Personal Workbot to silence some of the Slack bot noise

    Bots can be useful little pieces of technology to help you work smarter, and in Slack they can help make the communications tool a kind of centralized enterprise application dashboard. The trouble is that they also can generate lots of unwanted noise in the form of over-messaging. To help bring that message chaos under control, Workato released a tool today called Personal Workbot designed… Read More

  • Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo this morning launched a new travel guide for iOS it’s calling Yahoo Radar. While the app will offer traditional travel companion type features like restaurant recommendations and details on popular attractions, landmarks, and other sights in a given city, the app will be more useful to those who use Yahoo Mail as their primary email client. It also heavily relies on a… Read More

  • The hidden risks of the bot explosion Crunch Network

    The hidden risks of the bot explosion

    Gartner has predicted that by 2018, a full 30 percent of our interactions with technology will be through “conversations” with smart machines. Major players such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google are now focused on empowering development of smart bots, and IBM’s Watson is looking to find ways to integrate its cognitive computing platform deeper into businesses. Read More

  • The impending bot backlash Crunch Network

    The impending bot backlash

    Everyone seems to be jumping on the bot bandwagon. Chatbots are not only being touted as the end of apps, but also the next paradigm in human-computer interaction — and, if you believe the hype, the end of many customer service jobs, too. But bots are unlikely to live up to these outsized expectations anytime soon. Read More

  • Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology Crunch Network

    Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

    It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. While there are undoubtedly many technological breakthroughs that can’t be reduced to linguistic and conceptual changes, it’s surprising how often apparent innovations depend on shifts in terminology and discourse. Read More

  • Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto, a company founded by four security industry pros, emerged from stealth today with a pretty cool bot-driven security platform and $6 million in Series A. The round was led by Accel with participation from Cylance CEO Stuart McClure, Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Bluecoat President Mike Fey, all security industry veterans. What makes all of these companies so interested in Demisto is… Read More

  • Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Like everyone else these days, Microsoft sure loves its bots. Now, the company has rolled out its own news-finding bot called “Rowe,” which lives inside the latest version of Microsoft’s Bing-powered personalized news reading app, News Pro. Rowe is an experiment with helping you keep up with the news that matches your current interests. You can ask the bot to show you news… Read More

  • Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

    Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

    Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding from Social Capital. As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored to your personal finances. This advice includes things like how much you spend on food each week, how this month’s spending compares to last month’s and even income graphs. One unique… Read More

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