chatbots

Google Assistant, its AI-based personal helper, rolls out to Nougat and Marshmallow handsets

Google continues its march to expand its place in the mobile ecosystem, anchored by the fact that its Android OS is by far the most ubiquitous smartphone platform in the world. Today, the company

On bots, language and making technology disappear

This year's new buzzword in computer design circles is without question "bots." As with anything we build, we give bots names. A name can be a way of expressing trust in an object -- or expressing con

Microsoft officially outs another AI chatbot, called Zo

What are chatbots for? I asked Zo, Microsoft's officially launched chatbot, currently available on the Kik Messenger app, what she does -- and she was remarkably coy in answering this question, initia

AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flight

Defining our relationship with early AI

AI has fascinated mankind for more than half a century, with the first public mention of computer intelligence recorded during a London lecture by Alan Turing in 1947. Once a plot device for science-f

Telegram names first winners of its ‘fast and useful’ bot competition

Messaging app Telegram has named the first wave of bots to win prizes via a $1 million BotPrize competition it announced back in April.

Kitt.ai’s ChatFlow helps you build better chatbots

The current generation of chatbots is, at best, disappointing. Kitt.ai, which is launching its private beta today, hopes to change that. The team of three AI PhDs that founded the company believes th

Can AI dominate the web industry and other domains?

2016 has been quite a ride for the players in AI, NLP and ML technologies. From the famous advent of Microsoft Tay at the end of Q1 to the numerous acquisitions of AI and chatbot companies during the

The darker side of machine learning

While machine learning is introducing innovation and change to many sectors, it also is bringing trouble and worries to others. One of the most worrying aspects of emerging machine learning technologi

You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

If you can’t get enough presidential election news – that is, you’re some kind of glutton for punishment – there’s now a new way to get automated updates with the latest

Oyoty is a chatbot designed to teach kids to be safe online

Given there are apps for everything, it seems inevitable there will soon be bots trying to do everything, And while it remains to be seen which of these AI-powered chatbots will prove to have lasting

How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever

AI is all around us, from searching on Google to what news you see on social media. With the momentum around AI growing, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative retail sites have been e

Duolingo’s new chatbots help you brush up on your foreign language conversation skills

A lot of startups are talking about the possibilities of chatbots, but Duolingo recently launched one of the most interesting uses so far — practicing a new language. The Duolingo chatbots allow use

Telegram levels up its bot platform with competitive games that live inside chats

Messaging platform Telegram is powering up on the chatbot front, with the launch of what it dubs a "bot-powered gaming platform" -- in a bid to try to drive more engagement via addictive new features.

Messaging platform Line ups its chatbot game

Line is ramping up incentives for third party developers to make chatbots, and thereby expand the utility of its platform, as the great scramble of messaging giants applying AI to keep users engaged c

Pullstring launches bot-authoring tools for fun & profit

Pullstring -- née ToyTalk -- today launched its eponymous product out of private beta and into the hands of creators of conversational interfaces everywhere. Out of the box, creators can make bots fo

Maluuba wants to make chatbots smarter by teaching them how to read

Maluuba launched its first Siri-like personal assistant at TC Disrupt San Francisco four years ago. Since then, the company has raised $11 million and has licensed its technology to a number of hands

LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning, updates desktop site

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world that now has some 450 million members and is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, today took the wraps off its newest ef

Operator harnesses chatbots, humans, and $15M to sell US goods to China

With a little personal shopping assistance, Operator thinks Chinese citizens will pounce on American products sold through its conversational shopping app. The promise of becoming the guided commerce

Hard questions about bot ethics

Bots are becoming a part of our life. I wake up in the morning and tell Alexa to play my Brazilian samba, I let Amy set my meetings and I check stats and reports in Slack. Bot builders and users alike
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