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  • Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    If you need an Uber, Amazon Alexa has your back. Unfortunately if what you need is a conversation buddy, the personal assistant isn’t quite up to the task. In an effort to bolster Alexa’s social intelligence, Amazon is putting $2.5 million into a new university competition to design and build “socialbots” for the platform. Engineers will use the Alexa Skills Kit to… Read More

  • Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post

    Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post

    The Washington Post announced today that it will use artificial intelligence to report key information about the Olympics. The software will contribute The Post’s coverage of Rio 2016 by posting raw data and short updates, while a team of human reporters will provide readers with analysis and more in-depth articles. Heliograf, as the team calls its robot reporter, will take… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Members Can Now Get The Washington Post Free For 6 Months

    Amazon Prime Members Can Now Get The Washington Post Free For 6 Months

    When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post back in 2013, there was some speculation regarding why the exec, who claimed to know nothing about the newspaper business, would want to purchase one of the country’s oldest newspapers. But in the years since, Bezos has used the paper to his advantage – dangling it as a free app on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, for… Read More

  • Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post Crunch Network

    Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post

    Most people don’t understand how technology works. When they flip a light switch, or tap their phone, what happens next is essentially magic to them. Oh, they may be able to handwave a bit about electrons and volts and microprocessors and radio waves and packet-switched networks, but they’re just mouthing the words. They don’t actually understand any of those things. Read More

  • While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess Crunch Network

    While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess

    A few years ago, I just didn’t get it. I couldn’t for the life of me understand how a company like Amazon could operate, let alone flourish. I spent the majority of my time following Apple, a company which in many ways was the antithesis of Amazon. Apple was all about huge margins, big profit. Amazon seemed to avoid profit like the plague. The more razor-thin the margin, the better. Read More

  • The Washington Post Launches Trove, A Personalized Social News Site

    The Washington Post Launches Trove, A Personalized Social News Site

    The Washington Post Company this morning debuted its free, personalized, social news site and aggregator Trove in public beta. First reported to be in the works and nearing launch by The Wall Street Journal in February 2011, Trove aggregates news across subjects of interest and important headlines of the day, from more than 10,000 sources. Read More