Category Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Coming Soon – More Open Source AI

The Linux Foundation recently announced a new open source AI project in collaboration with AT&T and Tech Mahindra. The Acumos Project is expected to launch in early 2018 and will “expedite innovation and deployment of AI applications, and make them available to everyone.” according to Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. Continue reading

API.AI rebrands to Dialogflow

A couple of months ago we reported on Google’s acquisition of our favorite natural language processing (NLP) platform – API.AI.

Well since then it seems that API.AI have gone from strength to strength in so many new areas, …so much so in fact that they have decided to rebrand in order to better describe their current more diverse platform which includes an analytics tools and 33 prebuilt agents

Enter ‘Dialogflow’

Full press release here

 

New AI Competition!

This past week, Microsoft Ventures announced a new AI Competition for startups in partnership with Madrona Venture Group, Notion Capital, and Vertex Ventures Israel. There will be three regional competitions across the globe and prizes range from Office 365 licenses to $1,000,00 in funding.

Find the official rules and more information at the Microsoft Ventures site here: https://microsoftventures.com/innovateai/

Amazon AI: Rekognition, Lex, Polly

Amazon launched AWS over 11 years ago, and it’s fair to say they’ve been the leader in Infrastructure as a Service for nearly all of the time since then. However when it comes to higher, application level services, they’ve lagged a bit behind the competition. However with the recent launch of several new offerings, they’re beginning to close that gap. At Amazon re:Invent 2016 in November, they launched a suite of services focused around Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.

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Bots-R-Us!

Chatbots: a new paradigm?

Bots-R-Us!It was desktop applications on PCs in the ’80’s, websites in the ’90’s, native mobile apps in the ’00’s. Will it be chatbots (aka ‘bots’) in this decade ?

Many would agree that instant messaging has become a big part of our online lives in the last couple of years .. especially with services like Skype, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Whatsapp, Viber, Telegram and Slack (for us techies). Now, with the advent of chatbots, pretty soon (if not already) instant messaging is likely to get a whole lot bigger and better.

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Google I/O 2016: A quick summary

Google I/O 2016 logoThe good folks at Engadget have distilled down 2+ hours of new product announcements from this week’s Google I/O to a manageable 12 minutes. There’s some really interesting new stuff coming soon with Google Home, Google VR, and Android N. Check out the time-saving summary video below:

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Viv: AI on the fly

Viv logoDisrupt NY 2016 is underway this week and there’s plenty of interesting stuff emerging from the buzz. One of the coolest things we are hearing about is Viv.

Dag Kittlaus, CEO and co-founder of Siri, presented Viv – a project he’s been working on behind the scenes for some time now. As he demonstrates in his presentation – video below – Viv may be the next step in the evolution of what he terms “conversational commerce.” Viv can conduct virtually any transaction with very few voice prompts – even relatively complex requests.

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Daniela’s CES 2016 wrap up!

CES logoCES kicks off every new year with the promise of new innovations and upgrades to existing consumer hardware. This year seemed to be the year for the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the year to get your kids into programming. iLuv showed us how you can easily make a morning better with just a few connected products while the folks working on the upcoming title Moving Hazard show us that the zombie apocalypse can be tons of fun. Bartesian showed us how easy it can be to create quality drinks at home and, of course, Razer, SteelSeries, and MadCatz gave us a sneak peek at their gaming hardware.

Let’s travel back to CES 2016 and check out my highlights:

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