bots

  • Bot influencers are the programmatic future of conversational advertising Crunch Network

    Bot influencers are the programmatic future of conversational advertising

    In the near future, ads will just be part of the conversation. Bots, and the AI technologies that drive them, are taking huge leaps forward in sophistication and reach. While bots had previously been limited to very specific requests, such as checking a balance or flight status, next-generation AI will better understand context and integrate with a host of services — including… Read More

  • Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is looking to make your sales team more productive with the help of artificial intelligence. We covered the startup last year when it was part of Y Combinator’s fellowship program and offered to help companies find sales leads. CEO Jamasen Rodriguez told me that the company’s vision has expanded — it’s not just focused on lead generation anymore, but… Read More

  • Zoom.ai believes an automated assistant is the fix for a weighty workload

    Zoom.ai believes an automated assistant is the fix for a weighty workload

    Zoom.ai wants to give managers and others in enterprise a gift that has a very high value in business: Time. Company founder Roy Pereira told me at Montreal’ Startupfest that while tools are making us more productive, we’re also expected to handle more, and that’s causing a growing problem his startup hopes to address with AI. The startup, just six months old, is part… Read More

  • 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